PCP

By: Vivianne

Phencylidine (PCP)

A drug that started out as an anesthetic, but has become a dangerous and illegal hallucinogen. PCP many street names but is mostly called "Angel Dust". Unlike most other drugs, this one can make people violent and unpredictable. This is definitely a drug you want to stay away from.

Drug Description

PCP can be swallowed, snorted, or smoked. It is usually in the form of a pill but it can also be found in the form of powder (usually white but is sometimes dyed different colours), dissolved in a liquid, or applied to a cigarette (tobacco or marijuana). PCP is easy to make and manufactured in underground labs. This hallucinogen is fairly inexpensive (usually $5 per dose) however is not a very popular drug since it is so unpredictable. PCP takes effect almost instantly after it is taken and effects usually around 5 hours.

Effects of PCP (Psychological)

Since this drug is very unpredictable, there are many possible effects. Usually the user will feel anxious, paranoid, confused, agitated and afraid while under the influence of PCP. Some people will become violent and commit violent crimes or cause self harm. Others might develop temporary schizophrenic behaviour meaning they would have a distorted sense of reality and experience hallucinations.


Although PCP is not as addictive as nicotine or heroine, after each hit users will crave a larger dose. The body does not develop a dependence on this drug however it does become addictive after multiple doses. The long term effect of taking this drug are depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, memory loss and speech problems. Studies have shown that the body might be able to build a tolerance for PCP from seeing how people will have the same intensity of effects even when the dose increases.

Effects of PCP (Physical)

PCP not only has many dangerous psychological effects, but it also has many physical effects as well. The short term physical effects include excessive sweating, dizziness, sensitivity to sound, nausea, and muscle spasms. Because PCP started out as an attempt to be an anesthetic, the user will feel numb and will not feel pain while the drug is in effect.


The long term physical effects of this drug include low blood pressure, kidney failures, and respiratory problems. Since users crave larger doses each time, it can lead to doses which are too large and can cause the user to fall into a coma or in extreme cases, death. If pregnant women take PCP, they give the risk of their unborn child to have developmental problems or physical deformities.

Legal Status

PCP is an illegal drug in all countries. In Canada, the penalty for possession or use of PCP is up to seven years in prison and fines. The penalty for manufacturing or selling PCP is up to lifetime in prison and higher fines. Also, there are charges and penalties for any crimes committed while under the influence of the drug.

Street Names

The most common street name for PCP is "Angel Dust", however there are many other names for this drug. It used to be called the "Peace Pill" which was then shortened to "PCP" but sometimes it is still referred to as the "peace pill" (because of the feeling of numbness users get while under the effect of PCP). The other street names for PCP are "hog", "ozone", "rocket fuel", "wack", "crystal", "love boat", and "tic".

Teens at Risk

Since PCP is not a very popular drug, it is not as much of a risk to teens compared to cigarettes, alcohol or marijuana. However, PCP can be appealing to teens for a number of reasons. The most major reason is the price since it is pretty inexpensive. It can also appeal to risk taking teens who want to try something as unpredictable or different as PCP. Although it is not very popular, more teens have tried PCP than heroin. Teens who take PCP can stunt their growth and have intellectual development issues.
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