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Phencyclidine (PCP)

Classification: Hallucinogenic dissociative anesthetic

Commercial Names: Sernyl, Sernylan

Common Names/Nicknames: PCP, angel dust, T, PeaCe pill, boat, hog, love pill

Active Compound: 1-(1-phenylcyclohexyl)piperidine

Found in: PCP oil, PCP hydrochloride salt

Mode of Consumption: Ingestion, inhalation (smoking), insufflation

DEA Scheduling/Legal Status (in US): Schedule I (human use), illegal in all states. Schedule II (animal use), legal for veterinary purposes under strict regulation


Hallucinogens, euphoria, dissociation, anesthesia, loss of coordination, loss of judgment, memory impairment drowsiness, slurred speech, hyperactivity, violence, aggression, coma, fatal overdose


Accidental injury, psychosis, respiratory depression, hyperthermia, hypertension, coma, seizures, muscle damage, heart damage, kidney damage, liver damage. Some evidence for permanent brain damage

Dangerous Drug Combinations: 

Potentially fatal mix with cocaine, amphetamine, and other stimulants. Potentially fatal combination with alcohol, barbiturates, methaqualone, benzodiazepines, and other drugs that suppress breathing. Possibly dangerous combination with antidepressants, ecstasy, and other drugs that affect serotonin levels.

Special Considerations: 

While PCP carries relatively low risk of dependence, it does carry relatively high risk of harm and overdose. Its effects are similar to taking a combination of alcohol, amphetamine, hallucinogens, making it difficult to treat emergently.

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