Phencyclidine Drug Facts

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Phencyclidine, also called PCP, is a mind-altering drug and anesthetic used for medical purposes to treat mild to severe pain in patients suffering from injuries and other pain-related symptoms. It is also called Angel dust and initiated its medical purpose in the 1950s. However, people started to abuse the drug for recreational purposes in the 1980s.

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Phencyclidine Abuse

Abuse of PCP may lead to violent and aggressive behavior. It gives the user a strong feeling of euphoria, thereby making him detach from the surroundings. It has several street names like Amoeba, Animal trank, Shrem sticks, STP, Boat, Peace pills, etc. The drug is yellow or white and comes in liquid or solid form ( tablet or capsules) or even in powder form. The U.S government had listed this drug under Schedule II of the Controlled Substances Act. PCP abuse might show up in a standard 5 panel drug test for screening employees.

Effects of PCP

  • Hallucination
  • Aggression
  • Imaginations
  • Enumerated strength
  • Increase in the heartbeat
  • Tingling and numbness in motor organs.
  • Increased BP
  • Feeling of loneliness
  • Fast respiration rate and other lung problems
  • Loss of Memory
  • Distress and emotional imbalance
  • Depression

Detection of PCP

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Detection Window

Greater than 200 ng/mL (Urine)

2 to 5 days

Range of 50 to 300 ng/mL (Saliva)

24 to 48 hours

PCP can also get detected by the hair follicle drug test before 90 days of consumption. Use a high-quality PDT-90 hair drug test kit to identify PCP usage accurately within a short period.


Rehabilitation programs are the best-recommended treatment to prevent PCP overdose and to curb withdrawal symptoms. Separate inpatient or outpatient treatment services could be arranged if the abuse is intense.


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