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a central nervous system depressant, introduced as an anesthetic in the early 1950s but later abandoned because of unpredictable side effects such as agitation, disorientation, and hallucination. The drug is easily synthesized by anyone with a basic knowledge of chemistry and has become one of the drugs most frequently used by drug abusers. (See drug abuse.) It has a variety of street names, including “angel dust,” “animal tranquilizer,” “PCP,” “peace pill,” “crystal joints,” and “peace weed,” with the name often reflecting the form in which it is taken. It can be smoked, “snorted” through the nose, ingested, or taken intravenously. There is always danger from the poor and erratic quality of the product illegally sold on the streets. It can produce a schizophrenia-like syndrome, neurologic and cognitive dysfunction, coma, convulsions, and respiratory arrest.
A substance of abuse, used for its hallucinogenic properties, which can produce profound psychological and behavioral disturbances; its hydrochloride has analgesic and anesthetic properties.
phencyclidine/phen·cy·cli·dine/ (PCP) (fen-si´klĭ-dēn) a potent veterinary analgesic and anesthetic, used as a drug of abuse in the form of the hydrochloride salt; its abuse by humans may lead to serious psychological disturbances.
phencyclidine(fĕn-sī′klĭ-dēn′, -dĭn, -sĭk′lĭ-)
A drug, C17H25N, used in veterinary medicine as an anesthetic and illegally as a hallucinogen; PCP.
phencyclidinePCP, 'angel dust' Substance abuse A recreational hallucinogen with major side effects–neurologic dysfunction, with schizophrenia-like behavior, analgesia, dysarthria, nystagmus, ataxia, seizures, delirium, coma, GI Sx, ↑ BP, temperature, ↓ pulmonary function
phencyclidineA drug of abuse, commonly known as ANGEL DUST. Also known as PCP.
Substance of abuse, used for its hallucinogenic properties, which can produce profound psychological and behavioral disturbances.
n an approved veterinary anesthetic. Illicitly, it is used as a hallucinogen. Also called
PCP, hog, or
PCP, hog, or
a dissociative agent most used in nonhuman primates and other wild animals.