Old School Drug Making a Violent Comeback in our Nation’s Capital
This is 2015, not 1981, and PCP use is on a violent rise in our Nation’s Capital, Washington DC.
PCP (phencyclidine) is an illegal hallucinogenic drug notorious for causing violent and bizarre behaviors.
Those who are old enough will remember a huge PCP problem gripped the United States in the ‘80s. Widespread abuse caused public panic and then, somewhat mysteriously, the drug seemingly faded away.
Fast-forward to the present day; PCP usage in Washington DC, our nation’s capital, is rampant. In fact, abuse of the hallucinogen is far higher in DC than in any other major U.S. city. The disturbing trend is best seen among people who are arrested and brought in to area jails, with an overwhelming majority of DC inmates testing positive for PCP during the booking process.
PCP users rank among the smallest group of illegal drug users in the United States but this small group causes the most violent issues, according to law enforcement officers. And to add insult to injury, there are more law enforcement officers per resident in Washington DC than anywhere else in the country. So this adds to the constant contact between users and police. Once ingested, usually by dippers, this powerful hallucinogenic causes the user to become overly aggressive and violent.
Crazy stories have surfaced like when rapper, Big Lurch, killed his girlfriend, split her chest open and ate parts of her lungs while high on PCP. He was found naked in the street covered in her blood. Yet, he recalls nothing of the incident.
This is just one of many violent and sickening stories that are fueled by this drug. Washington DC police have done their best to Crack down on open air PCP drug sales and have even made penalties extremely harsh for offenders but PCP is extremely hard to find during its export and import due to its liquid form and amber color. It resembles apple juice and is hard to detect.
Have you encountered any use lately? What is your experience with the drug?
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