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Abstract

Phencyclidine (PCP, angel dust, peace pill, cadillac, crystal joints, DOA) was synthesized in the 1960s by Parke–Davis Laboratories. The drug was originally intended for use as a surgical anesthetic, but it was found to produce violent postoperative psychosis (1,2). Because of its side effects, which included muscular rigidity as well as nightmares and frank delirium with frightening hallucinations and delusions, PCP was removed from the market for human use a few years after its introduction. It is still used as a tranquilizer in veterinary surgery.

Keywords

Drug Addiction Lysergic Acid Drug Enforcement Muscular Rigidity Lysergic Acid Diethylamide 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Norman S. Miller
    • 1
  1. 1.Cornell University Medical CollegeNew York Hospital-Cornell Medical CenterUSA

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