Drug Classification: Hallucinogen Drug Schedule: I
Addiction Potential: Moderate
Modes of Administration:
Intranasal (snorted into the nose)
Inhalation (smoked in pipes, bowls or joints)
Onset of Drug Effect(s): PCP was developed in 1950 and was used as an IV anesthetic. The drug produces a rapid onset and can last up to several hours.
Drug Action(s): PCP results in a “rush” or euphoria in the user, as it blocks pain and stimulates dopamine in the brain.
Acute effects on the mind and body include:
- Shallow rapid breathing
- Increased blood pressure/heart rate/respiration
- Elevated body temperature
- Blurred vision
- Decreased pain awareness
- Distortion of time, place, and body
- Suicidal behavior