Desired Effects:Relaxation, disinhibition and hallucinations. PCP has been sold under the name of other psychedelic drugs, so unwitting users would be looking for effects similar to LSD i.e.hallucinations and hilarity.
Side Effects:Decreased sensitivity to pain, drowsiness, dizziness, numbness, loss of coordination, confusion, hallucinations, dissociation ('out-of-the-body' feelings). PCP has a reputation in the USA for producing violent, paranoid and psychotic behaviour in its users. Because it is only rarely seen in the UK it is not clear if these effects would be found in UK users.
Long term risks:May include speech problems and memory loss. Can also induce a psychotic state that resembles schizophrenic episodes which can last for months at a time with toxic doses.
Short term risks:Unpredictable behaviour, accidents, overdose, collapse, convulsions.
Razor blade, hard level surface (such as a mirror or glass), tube or rolled banknote.
Cigarette papers, tobacco or marijuana.
Syringe and needle, water, spoon, tourniquet.
Parents & other relatives
Many drug agencies also provide lots of advice and support to parents, family members and partners of people using drugs. They may provide relative support groups or advice, guidance and counselling on a one to one basis.