PCP Abuse Signs

PCP Abuse Signs

The term PCP refers to a white crystalline powder that was developed in the 1950s and was intended for use as surgical anesthesia but failed to gain approval since it comes with a lot of unacceptable side-effects. The drug caused extreme agitation and delirium in patients coming round after surgical operations. Today the drug is manufactured in controlled laboratories for use as intravenous anesthetic in veterinary medicine.

Despite this there are a number of uncontrolled labs that still manufacture PCP and sell the drug on the streets. It is known by several names such as ozone, angel dust, rocket fuel and wack. When combined with marijuana, it is also referred to as crystal super grass or killer joint. The following are some common signs of addiction to PCP.

Craving the substance is one of the major warning signs. Users become addicted to the drug and find that they are incapable of living without taking more of the substance. Addicts may neglect their regular chores to concentrate on getting more supplies of the drug.

Irrational thought patterns are not an uncommon phenomenon. For instance, addicts tend to have suicidal thoughts when they are high. Severe mood swings that make the patients either become violent to themselves or to colleagues should also be warning signs of PCP abuse.

Since the drug has sedative and anesthetic effects that lower an individual’s pain perception, addicts tend not to feel pain. This means that it is possible to cut or even burn PCP abusers who will not feel it since it is as though their bodies are detached. Having said that, tolerance to pain is determined by the amount of the drug taken, the tolerance levels of the addict and the method used in abusing the drug.

When taken in small quantities, the abuser of PCP suffers from conditions such as flushes, shallow breathing and extreme numbness along with profuse sweating and loss of muscular coordination. This makes for unstable walking and reduced psychomotor ability. Other signs that can be seen in an individual who has abused the drug in small quantities include: feelings of relaxation, euphoria, sensory distortions, numbness, anxiety, feelings of detachment from the body, amnesia, confusion, anxiety, blank stares, difficulty in speaking and blurred or double vision.

When taken in average doses, abusers are prone to signs such as: agitation, confusion, fever, delusions, excessive drooling, paranoia, irrational thinking and suicidal tendencies. There may also be signs of schizophrenic-like behavior.

When taken in large doses, dangerous conditions such as respiratory failure, seizures, fever, coma and stroke may result. Patients who have taken excessive amounts of PCP should be given immediate medical assistance since these conditions can lead to death if they fail to be addressed in time.

Overdosing on PCP leads to reduced pulse rate, blood pressure and respiratory rate. Patients may also be affected by conditions such as vomiting, nausea, loss of body control and flashbacks. Catatonia is also common among any addicts.

Watch out for users of PCP experiencing financial difficulties. Since addicts become obsessed with purchasing more supplies of the drug, they start accumulating debts and taking out loans which they are not capable of repaying.