The 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.