PCP Drug Abuse in Teens

Are you worried your teen might be experimenting with drugs? Do you want to know more about PCP drug so you can help educate your teen?

PCP is short for Phencyclidine, which is often referred to as angel dust, KJ (Kristal Joint) or wet. Often referred to as the world’s most dangerous drug, PCP is a strong hallucinogenic drug that alters reality, resulting in users who are detached from the world around them. It can be found in liquid, powder, crystal or pill form. It can be consumed by being snorted, smoked, swallowed or injected.

PCP is quite rare in the UK and Europe, but is somewhat common in the United States.

Effects of PCP drug abuse
PCP makes you feel floaty, dreamy and pleasant while being accompanied by trippy visions. Because PCP is a hallucinogenic drug, it can also make you paranoid, anxious, and scared. Often PCP results in frightening visions and delusions. It is quite common for users of PCP to have violent outbursts, become suicidal or even self-harm when they are tripping. This dark side of PCP is very concerning, because it means that users are putting themselves and others around them at risk.

If you are worried your teen is using PCP you should check to make sure. This is a dangerous drug and if your teen is using they will need all your help and support to see that it is not a good decision, especially long term. The potential for PCP to turn into a bad trip is relatively high and it can be very dangerous. It’s important you can detect the symptoms of PCP drug use so if your teen is using you can make an intervention.

Symptoms of PCP drug abuse include:

  • Memory loss
  • Depression
  • Jumbled speech
  • Loss of balance
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Flicking up and down of the eyes
  • Weight Loss
  • Drooling
  • Dizziness

One of the biggest concerns with PCP drug abuse is that it often alters people’s minds – making them much more likely to take risks or act in a way which they would not normally do. Users of PCP report a disorganization of thoughts, feeling drunk, feeling invincible, suffer from a distortion of time and space and can feel quite disconnected from those around them. At times, when high on PCP many people report that it simply does not feel like reality or like anything matters. Negative affects from PCP use often last a few hours, but for heavier users can affect the individual for years after the last dose. This makes PCP a particularly dangerous dose, especially in at risk teenagers.

Have you found out that your teen is using PCP? What are you doing to deal with their PCP use?

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