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Angel Dust

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Angel Dust

Angel Dust, also known as Phencyclidine or PCP, is a psychedelic drug that causes hallucinations. It is a dissociative drug, which causes the user to see distorted colors, objects, or hear distorted sounds. It was initially developed in the ’50s as an intravenous anesthetic. But it was quickly discontinued due to its neurotoxic side effects. It can be found in tablet form, capsules, powders, which can be taken orally or snorted, and liquid form.

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Other names:

Boat, hog, love boat, wack, peace pill, dust, rocket fuel.

 

How do people get it?

Angel dust is purchased from illicit drug manufacturers and dealers.

 

How is it dangerous?

Angel dust, or PCP, causes the user to feel detached, distant, and estranged. They can feel completely numb, endure acute anxiety, and have extreme hallucinations. PCP is addictive and can lead to dependence. Heavy PCP usage can lead to memory loss, depression, difficulty learning, speaking, erratic, and even aggressive behavior. There is also a high risk of going into a coma when mixed with alcohol and benzodiazepines.

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