PCP, short for phencyclidine, is a type of dissociative anesthetic drug. It was originally created as an intravenous anesthetic for use by medical professionals, but was quickly put out of use due to its side effects. Those side effects make PCP one of the most dangerous drugs out there, not just for the person using the drug, but those around them.
PCP is found in powder, pill or liquid form. Not matter its form, PCP alters a person’s perception, and make them have out-of-body experiences. The side effects can range however, depending on much PCP a person takes.
At low to moderate doses, PCP side effects can be:
- Trance-like state
- Dissociation from environment
- Slurred speech
- Dilated pupils
- Involuntary muscle movements
- High blood pressure
- Increased heart rate
The effect of using high doses of PCP include:
- Memory loss
- Extreme panic
- Exaggerated strength
- No reaction to pain
- Blood pressure, heart rate, respiration and body temperature increasing to dangerous levels
PCP can make a person feel invincible as it deadens the sensation of pain. The aggressive behavior, combined with exaggerated strength can be quite dangerous to anyone who has to interact with a person on PCP. It’s also dangerous for the user too, as they cannot feel pain and may injure themselves without realizing. Another side effect of PCP is death due to a person fatally injuring themselves on accident, or their paranoia or hallucinations driving them to suicide.
Another side effect of PCP is violent muscle contractions that can fracture a person’s bones, and cause muscle breakdown around the kidneys.
PCP is can also be deadly if mixed with other drugs, such as alcohol. It can cause a person to go through respiratory distress and stop breathing, which can lead to a coma or death.