Phencyclidine (PCP)

Definition - What does Phencyclidine (PCP) mean?

Phencyclidine (PCP), is a drug which was initially intended to be used as a general anesthetic. Due to the effects of PCP, which can include euphoria, disconnection from the environment, sensory distortions, hallucinations, anxiety, paranoia, panic, and terror; it is now on the Schedule II Controlled substance list. This means that it has an extremely high risk of being abused and may cause harsh physical as well as psychological dependence. Some common street names for PCP are Angel Dust, Amoeba, Amp, Belladonna, Animal Trank, Zoom, Peace Pills, Boat, Sherm Sticks, Super Grass, STP, and Embalming Fluid.

WorkplaceTesting explains Phencyclidine (PCP)

Phencyclidine, better known as PCP, was originally developed in the 1950s and was used as a general anesthetic. However the side effects caused by this drug halted its use in the medical world in 1965. Small amounts of PCP continue to be produced in order to further research the effects of the drug.

PCP is highly abused and cause harsh psychological dependence. PCP works by interrupting the rectors for the neurotransmitters for glutamate and dopamine, which is why there are feelings of euphoria, loss of memory and emotions, and well as a perception of pain.

There are many health hazards that are also associated with the use of PCP such as memory loss, weight loss, depression and anxiety, violent behavior, and suicidal thoughts. PCP is thought to be one of the most dangerous drugs because of its many side affects and the unpredictability of the user while on the drug.

Because of its high rate of abuse and the dangerous nature of its effects, PCP is included on most drug tests.

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