PCP (Phencyclidine): Personal and social consequences

Last modified: Saturday, 20. June 2009 - 2:48 pm

There is no question that taking PCP can sometimes make people act irrationally. These actions range from the relatively harmless, such as disrobing in public places, to extreme violence to themselves and others.
Chronic PCP users report all kinds of social problems. The behavioral and emotional changes that occur often lead to social withdrawal and isolation, divorce, and disassociation from family and friends. PCP abuse impairs the user’s ability to think rationally, which often results in job loss. As a result of the physical and social consequences, depression often develops.
PCP use is particularly harmful for adolescents, in whom drug use disrupts their relationships with peers, parents, teachers, and police. It also disrupts the normal maturation process and accentuates the normal social challenges of growing up. Taking PCP can inhibit the development of a healthy sense of awareness and identity.
Chronic PCP users have been likened to children with learning disabilities because of their emotional instability, social incompetence, impulsiveness, and poor attention span.

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