A dissociative drug developed as an intravenous anesthetic that has been discontinued due to serious adverse effects.
Dissociative drugs are hallucinogens that cause the user to feel detached from reality. PCP is an abbreviation of the
scientific name, phencyclidine. For more information, see the
Hallucinogens and Dissociative Drugs Research
Angel Dust, Boat, Hog,
No commercial uses
White or colored powder,
Love Boat, Peace Pill
tablet, or capsule; clear liquid
(powder added to
Possible Health Effects
Delusions, hallucinations, paranoia, problems thinking, a sense of distance from one’s
Low doses: slight increase in breathing rate; increased blood pressure and heart rate;
shallow breathing; face redness and sweating; numbness of the hands or feet; problems
High doses: nausea; vomiting; flicking up and down of the eyes; drooling; loss of balance;
dizziness; violence; seizures, coma, and death.
Memory loss, problems with speech and thinking, loss of appetite, anxiety.
PCP has been linked to self-injury.
Risk of HIV, hepatitis, and other infectious diseases from shared needles.
In Combination with
Headaches, increased appetite, sleepiness, depression
There are no FDA-approved medications to treat addiction to PCP or other dissociative
More research is needed to find out if behavioral therapies can be used to treat addiction to
National Institute on Drug Abuse
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