PCP – Phencyclidine a synthetic drug


Phencyclidine can be snorted, smoked, or eaten. Developed in the 1950s as an IV anesthetic, PCP was never approved for human use because of problems during clinical studies, including intensely negative psychological effects. 


Hallucinogens are a class of drugs that cause hallucinations—profound distortions in a person’s perceptions of reality. Hallucinogens can be found in some plants and mushrooms (or their extracts) or can be man-made, and they are commonly divided into two broad categories: classic hallucinogens (such as LSD) and dissociative drugs (such as PCP). When under the influence of either type of drug, people often report rapid, intense emotional swings and seeing images, hearing sounds, and feeling sensations that seem real but are not.

PCP (Phencyclidine)—also known as ozone, rocket fuel, love boat, hog, embalming fluid, or superweed—was originally developed in the 1950s as a general anesthetic for surgery. While it can be found in a variety of forms, including tablets or capsules, it is usually sold as a liquid or powder. PCP can be snorted, smoked, injected, or swallowed. It is sometimes smoked after being sprinkled on marijuana, tobacco, or parsley.

Other Sources:

NIOSH Manual of Analytical Methods – CDC


NIOSH Manual of Analytical Methods. … Phencyclidine: 9106: METHAMPHETAMINE and Illicit Drugs, Precursors, and Adulterants on Wipes by Liquid-Liquid …

Notes from the Field: Severe Illness Associated with …


Four (25%) specimens were positive for other substances, including benzodiazepines (three), opioids (two), phencyclidine (one), and mitragynine (one), …

Urine Testing for Drug Use Among Male Arrestees — United …


Urine Testing for Drug Use Among Male Arrestees — United States, 1989 . Since 1986, the Drug Use … opiates, cocaine, phencyclidine (PCP), …

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