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Different drugs cause different reactions and signs in the person using them. Parents can narrow down the identification of the substance being used if they are familiar with signs associated with that particular substance. Click on the name of the substance to learn the effects it might have on your teen.
Also view the "Identifying Drugs" section to be able to visually recognize
PCP or Angel Dust (Phencyclidine)
Description. Orally ingested, injected, sniffed, smoked. It is a dissociative anesthetic and central nervous system (CNS) stimulant, and is often classified as a hallucinogen due to its tendency to induce paranoid delusions.
What to Look for:
Dilated (large) pupils
Blank stare; rapid eye movements
Strange or uncoordinated gait
Severe mood swings
Lack of pain response
Mask-like facial expression
Disoriented and/or easily agitated
Because of the wide range effects of PCP, the user's personality will often determine which effects are most pronounced in that individual. PCP was used as a veterinary anesthetic in the 1960s under the trade name Sernylan. PCP is considered by many to be one of the most dangerous and unpredictable drugs on the illicit market.
Slang: Crystal, angel dust, supergrass, killer weed, crystal dust, cycline, dust, fake THC, hog, horse tranquilizer, lethal weapon, lovely, gorilla pills, rocket fuel, trank, whack, jet fuel, wave, purple rain, DOA (would you want to try a drug with these initials as a slang name?)
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