But while there are many apocryphal stories about PCP, there is truth to the notion that it can elicit weird behavior. In a 2007 article for the California Journal of Emergency Medicine titled “Phencyclidine Intoxication and Adverse Effects: A Clinical and Pharmacological Review of an Illicit Drug,” Tareg Bey and Anar Patel reviewed much of the scholarship on recreational PCP abuse and found that “doses of 5 to 10 mg orally may induce acute schizophrenia, including agitation, psychosis, audiovisual hallucinations, paranoid delusions, and catatonia.” They also wrote that “the most disturbing behavioral effects of PCP are violent, aggressive and bizarre behavior with self-mutilation tendencies.” In layman’s terms, that means PCP can trigger the sort of behavior that will get you on the news.

As a public service, I scoured the Lexis-Nexis and Factiva databases for every PCP-related story I could find from the month of March, carefully weeding out all stories having to do with primary care physicians. I’m presenting some of the highlights here. Take heed, angel dusters: These things could happen to you.

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