Phencyclidine dependence is characterized by tolerance to increasing doses to achieve the desired effect, inability to control one’s intake, and continued use despite an awareness of the harmful effects.
Phencyclidine (PCP) is a hallucinogenic drug used recreationally for its mind-altering effects, particularly its ability to induce a dissociative state. The street names of PCP include angel dust, peace pills, and belladonna, amongst others.
PCP is available in tablet, capsule, or powder form and can be smoked, snorted, injected, or ingested orally. It may also be mixed with cannabis, tobacco, and/or other substances. Depending on the method used, PCP effects can last from four to six hours.
As of 2017, approximately 3% of those over the age of 25 in the US reported using PCP at some point in their lives.