Any reference to Angel Dust can instantly conjure up images of murder, cannibalism and a number of other equally gruesome behavior for some people. Even though these are not the only stuff Angel Dust stories are made of, lawmakers are concerned about a resurgence in the use of this drug.
Based on information from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the risk of psychological dependence on Angel Dust is relatively high. But according to Hitla’s angel dust story, who has experienced addiction to multiple substances, “addiction is just the tip of the Iceberg.” While the known side effects of this drug can range from extreme paranoia, violence, convulsions and death to panic attacks and suicide attempts there is also an unpredictable aspect of Angel Dust that makes a spike in use particularly troublesome.
Angel dust is also known as PCP (Phencyclidine) and more recently “Wet”. It is a powerful hallucinogen that produces euphoria along, irrational behavior and an invincible sense of power or superhuman strength. The drug was originally being developed for use as a tranquilizer. However, during clinical testing on humans the research was abandoned and the drug was ultimately labeled not for human consumption. Since testing was aborted, all the potential side effects when consumed by human beings are still mostly unknown. What has been established about Angel Dust however, is that it is extremely addictive and users can experience adverse effects for up to a year after they stop using the drug.
The use of Angel Dust played a pivotal role in the conviction of Ex-NFL star player Aaron Hernandez who received a life-sentence for the murder of an acquaintance in 2013. According to the player’s friends, heavy and frequent use of Angel Dust had made Hernandez extremely paranoid and fearful in the months preceding the murder. Paranoia is one of the known side effect of Angel Dust which many believe contributed to the player’s decision to commit murder.
Another well publicized Angel Dust story reportedly motivated one of the worst crimes associated with this drug. According to news reports, Rapper Antron Singleton, also known as “Big Lurch” in an Angel Dust induced rage, killed and cannibalized his 21-year-old roommate. Eyewitnesses reportedly saw him wandering in the streets naked and covered in blood following the murder. Fortunately, not everyone who uses Angel Dust goes into a murderous rage. However, since there is no way to precisely determine what effect the use of this drug will produce from person to person, seeking help for dependence or habituated use of this substance is critical. You or someone you known may have a problem with Angel Dust abuse if you recognize or display any of the following signs of dependence or addiction to this drug such as:
Drug intervention treatment for Angel Dust abuse is primarily focused on halting chronic drug use and reestablishing normal brain functions. It is not unusual for people with an addiction to this drug to experience mental destabilization that cause schizophrenic patterns of behavior. As such, when seeking treatment for Angel Dust, PCP or “Wet” abuse, it is important to select a facility that utilizes a multidisciplinary treatment approach that includes dual diagnosis care. It is also an essential criterion when treating addiction to Angel Dust that the rehabilitation program is capable of addressing any underlying emotional issues or traumas that may have contributed to or perpetuated the use of this drug.
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