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How should PCP be classified?

by Christopher

While reading about PCP I noticed it's classified as a hallucinogen but I'm pretty sure it's a Dissociative...anyway I could be wrong.

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PCP is a Hallucinogen
by: Debbie Wicker

PCP is categorized as a Hallucinogen, much like LSD and Psilocybin and Peyote. But because of how it effects the brain it can cause a person to become dissociative. Here is the description of PCP from the drug facts page of a government research website Drugabuse.gov:

"The use of PCP as an approved anesthetic in humans was discontinued in 1965 because patients often became agitated, delusional, and irrational while recovering from its anesthetic effects. PCP is a “dissociative drug,

” meaning that it distorts perceptions of sight and sound and produces feelings of detachment (dissociation) from the environment and self.

First introduced as a street drug in the 1960s, PCP quickly gained a reputation as a drug that could cause bad reactions and was not worth the risk. However, some abusers continue to use PCP due to the feelings of strength, power, and invulnerability as well as a numbing effect on the mind that PCP can induce. Among the adverse psychological effects reported are—

Symptoms that mimic schizophrenia, such as delusions, hallucinations, paranoia, disordered thinking, and a sensation of distance from one’s environment.

Mood disturbances: Approximately 50 percent of individuals brought to emergency rooms because of PCP-induced problems—related to use within the past 48 hours—report significant elevations in anxiety symptoms.4

People who have abused PCP for long periods of time have reported memory loss, difficulties with speech and thinking, depression, and weight loss. These symptoms can persist up to one year after stopping PCP abuse.

Addiction: PCP is addictive—its repeated abuse can lead to craving and compulsive PCP-seeking behavior, despite severe adverse consequences."

As you can see PCP often causes major mental health disturbances including dissociation and for that reason is classified as a Hallucinogen.

HOPEFULLY, no one would EVER take this drug:)



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