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Monday, November 18, 2013

PCP Related Emergency Room Visits On the Rise

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A new report, conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), has found that phencyclidine (PCP), commonly referred to as “Angel Dust,” use is on the rise. SAMHSA determined that PCP-related emergency room visits had a rise of 400 percent between 2005 and 2011.

Emergency rooms cases involving Angel Dust were 14,825 in 2005, but in 2011 there were 75,538, Medical News Today reports. About two-thirds of cases involving PCP were made by males, about half the cases involved people ages 25 to 34.

The largest increase in PCP use was seen among patients ages 25 to 34.

There are a host of ways that PCP can be consumed, the most common being inhalation by way of smoking another drug like marijuana. Although a number of people snort, inject, or swallow PCP.

A number of people consume PCP without being aware the drug had been added to the marijuana or methamphetamine they purchased, leading to a chaotic experience for the user. People confronted while under the influence of PCP, often become very dangerous to themselves and to others.

“This report is a wake-up call that this dangerous drug may be making a comeback in communities throughout the nation,” Dr. Peter Delany, Director of SAMHSA’s Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, said in a news release. “PCP is a potentially deadly drug and can have devastating consequences not only for individuals, but also for families, friends and communities. We must take steps at every level to combat the spread of this public health threat.”
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