Katie Fitzsimmons

PCP (Phencyclidine)

-Developed as an anesthetic
-Discontinued in 1965

  • People were scared of its negative side effects
-Illegal in the United States
-Many troubling side effects


  • white, crystal-like powder
  • dissolves quickly in liquids
  • has a distinct, bitter, chemical-like taste
  • comes as a white or colored powder or liquid

Can be Added to:

Ways to be Added into the Body

May be sold in a pill/tablet/capsule form

Can be:
  • Swallowed
  • Snorted
  • Injected through a syringe (mixed with a liquid)

Short-Term Effects

Mental Effects:
  • Hallucinations
  • Out-of-Body Experiences
  • Schizophrenia
  • Anxiety
  • Delusions
  • Paranoia
  • Non-Coherent Thoughts
  • Suicidal Thoughts
  • Bizarre or Violent Behavior
Physical Effects:
  • Numb Body
  • Dizziness
  • Drooling
  • Slurred or Garbled Speech
  • Decrease in Muscle Coordination or Balance
  • A lot of Sweating
  • Rapid eye Movements
  • Blank Stares
  • Nausea or Vomiting

Long-Term Effects

  • Mental and Physical Cravings for PCP
  • Compulsive behavior to obtain the drug
  • Constant usage (even after experiencing side-effects)
  • Memory Loss
  • Problems in Thought Forming
  • Speech Problems
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Unhealthy Weight Loss
  • Flashbacks of Previous Drug usages
Can occur in drug users up to ONE YEAR after quitting usage

Effects by Dosages

Small Doses-

Dramatic increase in:

  • Blood Pressure
  • Body Temperature
  • Heart Rate
Large Doses-

Dramatic decrease in:

  • Blood pressure
  • Body Temperature
  • Heart Rate
Very Large Dose:
  • Coma
  • Seizures
  • Death

What do users suffer from?

Hallucinogen-induced Persisting Perpetual Disorder (HPPD)

  • frequent hallucinations or flashbacks of drug usage
  • may cause trouble with work and/or personal life
Toxic Psychosis

  • makes users hostile, paranoid, and/or delusional

Extra Facts

PCP is potent enough to kill people
  • most victims commit suicide or are in a fatal accident
PCP causes feelings of invincibility
  • people jump off of buildings and bridges - thought that they could fly
PCP can also have sedative effects

If mixed with alcohol or depressants, it can lead to:

  • Comas
  • life-threatening consequences
PCP is created in illegal labs meaning that there is no way to have knowledge of what it is mixed with. High risk for PCP to show up in different drugs but very hard to find on its own.

More Important Facts:

-PCP is listed as a SCHEDULE II substance in the United States
  • Possession or usage are punishable by fines and/or jail time
-There is no known treatments for PCP addiction

-Most doctors recommend:

  • behavioral therapies
  • Rehab treatment in a facility


Lancaster, Julia Brown. "PCP." KidsHealth - the Web's Most Visited Site about Children's Health. The Nemours Foundation, Feb. 2014. Web. 31 Mar. 2016. <http://kidshealth.org/en/teens/pcp.html?WT.ac=ctg#catdrugs>.