Phencyclidine

Phencyclidine Drug Facts

Phencyclidine is an anesthetic drug. It is used as a tranquilizer for animals. Common street name for Phencyclidine is “PCP”. The drug was once designed for human use as an anesthetic. However, the drug never made it through the clinical trials because of the severe psychological effects of the drug. Phencyclidine is now used strictly for veterinarian use.

Description & Overview:
- Chemical Name
– -Phenylcyclohexylpiperidine

– C 17 H 25 N
– White Crystalline Powder
— Quickly Dissolves in H20 (Water)

Phencyclidine Appearance:
- White Crystalline Powder
–  Contains Contaminates on the Street o Color Ranges from Tan, Brown to Yellow
– Consistency Range : Powder, Gummy Mass

Used Illegally:
-  Illicit Hallucinogen
– Neurotoxic Effects
– Form of Drug Abuse
– Hydrochloride Salt
– Snorted
– Smoked
– Injected
– Swallowed

Mostly Sold As:
–  Powder o Liquid
– Applied to Paper
– Applied to Oregano, Parsley
– Applied to Mint, Marijuana
– Widely Sold In Vanilla Extract Bottles
– Mixed with Alcohol
– Available On-Line : Green Kryptonite, Orange Pokemon, Purple Tear Drops

Form of Drug Contains: Ketamine, Pseudo/Ephedrine,  Caffeine, Methamphetamine, Phencyclidine (PCP)

Breakdown of Illegal Users:
- 99,000 Americans Age 12+ Abused PCP (2008 Survey)
–  Used at least one time prior to survey
– 1.1% of 12th Graders Abused PCP at least once prior to survey
– Most Powerful Drug on the Illegal Market
– Medically Used to Treat:  Animal Tranquilizer, Veterinary Anesthetic
– Veterinary Analgesic

– Street Names for Phencyclidine:  Angel Dust, PCP, Supergrass, Killer WeedM Embalming Fluid, Rocket Fuel, Wack Ozone

How Phencyclidine Affects the Brain:
- Disrupts the Functioning of Receptors o Neurotransmitter Glutamate
– Plays Major Role in Perception of Pain
– Plays Major Role in Learning, Memory, Emotion
– Influences the Action of: o Neurotransmitter Dopamine o Results in the Euphoria Associated with PCP

Short-Term Effects of Using Phencyclidine:
- Feelings of Detachment
– Feeling Distant
– Spasms
– Secretions in the Lungs
– Numbness
– Slurred Speech
– Loss of Coordination
– Rapid Eye Movements
– Involuntary Eye Movements
– Auditory Hallucinations
– Image Distortion
– Severe Mood Swings
– Amnesia
– Acute Anxiety
– Feelings of Impending Doom
– Paranoia
– Violent Temper
– Psychoses

Long-Term Effects of Using Phencyclidine:
- Brain Damage
– Effects Multiple Neurotransmitter Systems
– Euphoria
– Slurred Speech
– Loss of Coordination
– Rapid Eye Movements
– Involuntary Eye Movements
– Auditory Hallucinations
– Image Distortion
– Severe Mood Swings
– Amnesia
– Acute Anxiety