PCP On The Rise In St. Louis

Fred Bodimer

ST. LOUIS (KMOX)- Local substance abuse counselors are concerned over the rise of the hallucinogenic drug, PCP, throughout the area.

According to Dan Duncan with the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, PCP is showing up again in the St. Louis area, and seems to resurface every several years.

Duncan says the big concern is the unpredictability of what happens when a person takes the drug.

“In toxic doses, a person who takes it can get extremely hostile or violent, even psychotic,” Duncan says. “They can go into a coma, have convulsions, or go into death. This is the drug you hear about when somebody is trying to be restrained by the police. Sometimes, it takes two or three people to restrain an individual.”

Duncan says the drug raises heart rate and blood pressure. It causes anxiety, disorganized thinking, and long-term effects such as depression and paranoia which can be felt for years.

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