PCP is applied to cigarettes or marijuana and smoked
Phencyclidine, commonly known as PCP, is the most dangerous of the hallucinogens.
It is sold on the streets under at least fifty other names that reflect its
range of bi zarre and volatile effects. Included in those names are angel
dust, supergrass, killer weed, K J, embalming fluid, rocket fuel and sherms.
In some areas of the country, it is called crystal (not to be confused with
methamphetamines). PCP is sometimes passed off as other drugs such as mescaline,
LSD, THC, or cocaine.
In its pure form, PCP is a white, crystalline powder that readily dissolves
in water. Most PCP is manu- factured in makeshift laboratories containing
contaminants that cause the drug's color to range from tan to brown and the
consistency from powder to a gummy mass. It is seen most often in powder or
liquid form, and is commonly applied to dark brown cigarettes or leafy materials
such as parsley, mint, oregano, marijuana, or tobacco, and then smoked. When
in its liquid form, PCP is packaged in small vials or other small glass containers.
If your child is under the influence of PCP, he or she may show many of the
signs of LSD use, such as appearing detached from reality or estranged from
his or her surroundings. Other symptoms include rapid and involuntary eye
movement, an exaggerated walk, numbness, slurred speech, blocked speech, and
a loss of coordination.
PCP is unique because of its power to produce psychosis indistinguishable
from schizophrenia. It can cause extraordinary strength, a sense of invulnerability,
and extreme image distortion. The user may become violent, causing injury
to himself or others. Although such extreme psychotic reactions are usually
associated with repeated use of the drug, they have been known to occur in
some cases after only one dose. As with LSD, if your child is under the influence
of PCP, he or she should be closely supervised so they do not harm themselves
PCP episodes, or flashbacks, may occur long after the drug has left the body.