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Phencyclidine, more commonly known as PCP, is a synthetic dissociative hallucinogenic drug that was originally developed as a general anesthetic. PCP is also known as a street drug by the names angel dust, ashy, Larry, illy, or wet. Its legal status is classified as a Schedule II drug by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. Unauthorized use, possession, and/or distribution of PCP are illegal in the United States.

The Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970 places all substances into one of five schedules. Substances are grouped under certain schedules based upon designated criteria. More specifically, PCP meets the criteria as a Schedule II drug because it has a high potential for abuse. At one time it was accepted for medical use, however with ...

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