Behavior: PCP: A Terror Of a Drug

Snorted, swallowed or injected, angel dust can kill

Angel dust is the most common name. It is also known as goon, busy bee, crystal, hog, elephant tranquilizer and superjoint. By any name, phencyclidine (PCP) is the most dangerous drug to hit the streets since LSD became widely available a decade ago. Its use is growing rapidly; a National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) study found that nearly a third of the young patients reporting to drug-treatment centers have tried PCP and one-fifth used it regularly. Angel dust has been linked to hundreds of murders,...

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