PCP Abuse Side Effects

PCP Abuse Side Effects

PCP is a synthetic drug that was developed back in the 1950s with the intention of use as a surgical anesthesia. This goal was never attained since the drug was discovered to have a lot of negative side-effects when used on human beings. Currently, the drug is only approved for use in veterinary medicine and its manufacture is limited to controlled laboratories. However, there are underground, uncontrolled laboratories where the drug is manufactured for illegal supply on the street.

The drug has been given several slang names such as hog, angel dust, peace pill, DOA and rocket fuel. Read on to discover some of the negative side-effects that may be encountered as a result of abusing this drug.

One obvious side-effect of abusing a drug like PCP is addiction. The user becomes dependent on the drug to the extent that it is impossible to function without taking fresh doses. Increased tolerance encourages the user to keep taking larger quantities of the drug. Users will compulsively seek out PCP since failure to take a regular dose of the drug results in strong cravings and withdrawal symptoms.

Another side-effect of taking this substance include reduced pulse rate, blood pressure and respiratory rate.  These conditions are generally the result of relaxation of parts of the body such as the cardiac and respiratory muscles which results in reduced efficiency.

Other states that may be experienced in addition to this condition include vomiting, nausea, drooling, blurred vision, loss of balance, dizziness and seizures that in extreme cases may result in coma or even death.

PCP addicts also suffer similar side-effects to those experienced by schizophrenic patients. These effects include disordered thinking, delusions, paranoia and catatonia. Addicts may also speak in a garbled manner and experience an extreme sense of alienation from their surrounding environment.

Extended abuse of PCP has been proven to lead to depression, memory loss and irrational thinking. Slurred speech is also a manifestation of abuse. After a long period of abuse of the drug, the side-effects will take about a year to dissipate. PCP abuse is also characterized by extreme mood swings. Sometimes the addicts are euphoric and the next moment they are withdrawn, depressed, anxious and may exhibit violent tendencies or even commit suicide.

PCP side-effects on young people are more pronounced since the users are at greater risk of stunted growth and development. This comes about as a result of altered bodily hormones. In addition to problems in development, changed hormonal balance has been known to lead to decreased learning ability. This is more pronounced in students and in people working in professions that required brain coordination. Their performance rate is greatly reduced.

Physical side-effects you cannot miss seeing in any patient abusing the drugs include profuse sweating, drooling, continuous blinking of the eyes, dizziness and loss of balance control.

Some long term effects that may be caused by abusing PCP include an increase in flashbacks, generally deteriorating health and financial strain as addicts become irresponsible and non-productive, making them incapable of holding down a regular job, running a business and even taking care of their families.