Substance abuse counselors in St. Louis express concern for the growing use of PCP. According to TheRepublic.com, Dan Duncan of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse claims that PCP seems to resurface every few years in the St. Louis region.
Duncan believes the biggest concern with PCP is the unpredictability of its effects. Some users can become violent or extremely hostile. Others can go into convulsions and die. St. Louis is not the only Missouri city seeing a resurgence of the drug. Police in Kansas City, Missouri, have been averaging two or three arrests a week for the possession of PCP, which is mainly small amounts for personal use.
PCP is in a family of drugs known as "dissociative anesthetics," whose intense effects can be very hallucinogenic. The drug is smoked, snorted, and ingested. It can create psychological effects including severe changes in body image, loss of ego boundaries, paranoia, and depersonalization. Hallucinations, euphoria, suicidal impulses and aggressive behavior have also been reported.
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