Phencyclidine (PCP)

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Drug testing for PCP

Phencyclidine (PCP) was developed as an intravenous anesthetic but was discontinued in 1965 because of serious adverse effects on patients. As a Schedule I drug, PCP is a “dissociative drug” that can cause unpredictable behavior, increased pulse and heart rate, heightened blood pressure and temperature, possible mood and perception alteration, paranoia, panic, anxiety, nausea, tremors, and suicidal urge. 
PCP is a white crystalline powder than can be colored (due to impurities) and is most commonly found as a powder or liquid. Sometimes PCP is applied to a leafy material like mint, parsley, oregano or marijuana to smoke. Under federal law, it is classified as a Schedule I drug, a category for substances or chemicals defined as dangerous with a potential for severe psychological or physical dependence and no approved medical use. It is one of the substances in the federally-mandated drug test panel. 
Employers can screen applicants and employees to deter drug use and keep their workplaces drug-free. Quest Diagnostics offers accurate and reliable testing for PCP using a number of drug testing specimen types including urine, oral fluid and hair.
View the Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index™ for trends in drug testing. 
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