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ER Visits for PCP Use Have Risen 400% in Just 6 Years

January 10th, 2014

PCP abuse, ER visits for PCP use

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, or SAMHSA, recently released the results of a study that shows the use of PCP and the ER visits caused by the use and abuse of this drug are increasing at an alarming rate. In 2011 alone there around 1.25 million Emergency Room visits caused by illicit drug abuse, many of these related to phencyclidine which is also called PCP or angel dust. In the last 6 years the rate of these visits because of PCP abuse has increased by around 400%. In 2005 there were 14,825 cases in the USA, and in 2011 this number skyrocketed to 75,538. This staggering increase shows that PCP abuse is on the rise, and the dangers of this drug are well documented.

According to the Director of SAMHSA’s Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality Dr. Peter Delany “This report is a wake-up call that this dangerous drug may be making a comeback in communities throughout the nation. 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.” Around 66% of the ER visits for PCP are for males, and the largest increase was seen for patients between the ages of 25 and 34 years old. PCP has effects similar to LSC and MDMA, but it can include a higher level of hostility and aggression as well as decreased pain perceptions. If you or someone you love has a problem with PCP use, abuse, or addiction there is help available. 

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