What is PCP?

PCP was developed as an anaesthetic – a drug used in an operation and other procedures to temporally stop a patient from feeling pain. Doctors stopped using it because it can cause hallucinations (seeing things that aren’t really there), make you feel really confused, and affect your mood.

PCP can:

  • Make you feel numb and like they are not part of reality.
  • Cause changes to the way you see things. This might include seeing things that aren’t really there (hallucinations) and changes in how you experience time.
  • Change you’re mood in ways you don’t expect. It might make you feel really happy and upbeat but can also cause you to feel very down, panicky and paranoid. You may believe things that aren’t true. Some people become more aggressive and violent.
  • When you take any drug you aren’t always in control of your own actions. People who have taken PCP have died from the injuries they have caused themselves and from hyperthermia (getting very hot). Clotting problems with your blood, muscle breakdown and kidney failure have also been reported.
  • Combining an anaesthetic drug like PCP with depressant drugs like alcohol is also dangerous.

What does PCP look like?

PCP can be an oil, liquid, powder, crystal or pill. The colour depends on what form the PCP is in and how pure it is. PCP oil is yellow, pure PCP powder and crystals can range from white to light brown.