PCP Appears to Make a Comeback

dawnpcpThe availability and use of PCP (phencyclidine) seemed to hit a peak a few decades ago, but now there is strong evidence that it has been making a rather big comeback. Commonly referred to as angel dust, PCP has been listed on emergency room reports in an increasing number in the last several years. In fact, a report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) shows that its prevalence more than quadrupled between 2005 and 2011.

PCP is a strong hallucinogen that has also been associated with very hostile behavior and freakish displays of strength. The actual number of emergency room visits related to the drug when from less than 15,000 in 2005 to over 75,000 by 2011.

According to a special report from SAMHSA, PCP is sold illegally in many forms, including powder, crystal, tablet, capsule, and liquid. It is usually smoked in combination with marijuana or tobacco. PCP users often feel detached or distant from their environment and can experience hallucinations such as distorted sights and sounds. More severe symptoms of PCP use can include irregular breathing, seizures, and coma.

It was also noted that roughly half of the people testing positive for angel dust also had one or more other drugs in their systems. Poly-substance abuse has become increasingly more common as well, which also elevates the risk and potential for damaging effects.

If you have a loved one who has been abusing PCP or any other type of drug, contact us today for information on successful family intervention practices and treatment programs.

Mike Loverde

As a Certified Intervention Professional (CIP), member of NAATP, NAADAC, and accredited by the Pennsylvania Certification Board, Mike Loverde knows first-hand what it’s like to live life with addiction. By overcoming it, he had a calling to work with others who struggle with drug and alcohol addictions—the people who use and the families who feel helpless watching them decay.

With thousands of interventions across the United States done and many more to come, Loverde continues to own the intervention space, since 2005, by working with medical doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists and others who need expert assistance for their patients who need intervention. To further his impact on behavioral health and maximize intervention effectiveness, Loverde is near completion of a Masters in Addiction Studies (MHS) accreditation, as well as a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC), and is committed to attaining the designation of a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

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