Drug Education – Hallucinogens

Drug Dependence

Physical / Psychological

How Used Duration
PCP, Angel Dust Unknown / High Smoked, oral, injected Up to days
LSD, Acid None / Unknown Oral 8-12
Mescaline, Peyote None / Unknown Oral 8-12
Mushrooms & Other Hallucinogenic Plants None / Unknown Oral Variable
Designer Drugs, Ecstasy – PCE Unknown / Low-High Oral, Injected, Smoked Variable
Gasoline, Paint, Solvents, Adhesives, Embalming Fluid, Nitrous Oxide
None / Very High Inhale Variable
Methane, Jenkem Unknown / Unknown Inhale Up to days
What are Hallucinogens?


Drugs that produce behavioral changes that are often multiple and dramatic.
No known medical use, but some block sensation to pain and use may result in self-inflicted injuries.
“Designer Drugs”, made to imitate certain illegal drugs, are often many time stronger than drugs they imitate.

Possible Effects


Rapidly changing feelings, immediately and long after use.
Chronic use may cause persistent problems, depression, violent behavior, anxiety, distorted perception of time.
Large doses may cause convulsions, coma, heart/lung failure, ruptured blood vessels in the brain.
May cause hallucinations, illusions, dizziness, confusion, suspicion, anxiety, loss of control.
Delayed effects – “flashbacks” may occur long after use.
Designer drugs – one use may cause irreversible brain damage.

Symptoms of Overdose


Longer, more intense “trip” episodes, psychosis, coma, death

Withdrawal Syndrome


No known withdrawal syndrome

Indications of Possible Misuse


Extreme changes in behavior and mood; person may sit or recline in a trance like state; person may appear fearful.
Chills, irregular breathing, sweating, trembling hands.
Changes in sense of light, hearing, touch, smell, and time.
Increase in blood pressure, heart rate and blood sugar.