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How To Spot & Prevent Drug Abuse In Pregnant Women - LSD & PCP

Updated on August 21, 2010

LSD
(Lysergic Acid Diethylamide)
Street Names: 
Acid, Blotters, Cubes, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, Microdots, Sugar.
What It Does: 
LSD is a hallucinogen, a drug that not only affects the central nervous system, but distorts objective reality. LSD confuses the user's sense of direction, perceptions of time and distance, and impairs judgment. Sounds can reportedly be "seen" and sights "heard." 10% of high school seniors have tried LSD. The "desired" effects of hallucinogens are generally described as "dreamlike trips," but the drug can also lead to dangerous behavior.
How It's Done: 
LSD and most other hallucinogens (like PCP, DMT, Mescaline, STP and Psilocybin) are usually taken by mouth. Sugar cubes containing the drug are sucked, while pills are swallowed. Liquid LSD can be readily absorbed through the skin.

How A User Looks & Acts:
LSD is a mood-altering drug that can result in dramatic changes of behavior. Look for a dazed appearance and rambling speech. There will be significant distortions of space, time and judgment. During a "trip," which. can last up to 8 hours, users sometimes seem panicky or extremely anxious. Following the "trip," the users are most likely to get drowsy and sleep.
Paraphernalia Used:
LSD can be found in many forms.. Powders, liquids and capsules are common. It is also soaked onto sugar cubes, postage stamps and small pieces of paper.
How Addictive / Dangerous Is It?
LSD and other hallucinogens are not believed to be physically addictive, but there is some evidence that a psychological addiction is possible. However, because LSD distorts reality, users are apt to make rash or unsound decisions and exhibit unpredictable behavior which can lead to accidents. "Bad trips" can cause profound depression, panic, psychosis, self-mutilation and suicide. "Flashbacks," or recurring symptoms of the drug, are reportedly possible a few days or even weeks after taking hallucinogens.
Effects On The Pregnancy:
Regular use of LSD has been linked to a staggering amount of horrific birth defects affecting almost every anatomical structure including the brain, face, head, heart, limbs and genitals.

PCP
(Phencyclidine)
Street Names:
Angel Dust, Crystal, Hog, Horse Tranquillizer, Tic Tac.
What It Does:
PCP, an anaesthetic used by veterinarians, is a hallucenogenic drug. It not only affects the central nervous system, but causes perceptual distortions as well. PCP can alter moods, confuse the user's sense of direction and cause the imagination to roam. Experiences while taking PCP can be dreamlike or nightmarish. In some cases, the user can become extremely violent and uncontrollable.
How It's Done:
PCP can be swallowed or inhaled, but is usually sprinkled over marijuana and smoked.
How A User Looks & Acts:
PCP causes dramatic changes in behavior, disoriented appearance, rambling speech, anxiety and panic. PCP is apt to leave the user laughing and more confused than LSD or other hallucinogens. Extremely uninhibited and violent behavior has been exhibited by some PCP users. After a "trip," the user will most likely get drowsy and sleep.
Paraphernalia Used:
PCP can be found in many forms: powder, liquid or capsule, but is often sprinkled on marijuana.
How Addictive / Dangerous Is It?
Although PCP is not believed to be physically addictive, it is very dangerous and there is some evidence that it may be psychologically addictive. PCP is very unpredictable, and use often leads to violent outbursts. A panic-stricken PCP user cannot be "talked down" but should be isolated in a quiet, dark room away from all external stimulation. PCP has been known to cause convulsions, comas and death.
Effects On The Pregnancy:
PCP use through a pregnancy can lead to brain damage, poor muscle control, and low birth weight, as well as withdrawal symptoms in the baby which can include lethargy alternating with violent tremors.

Read The Entire Guide To Spotting & Preventing Drug Abuse!

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How To Spot & Prevent Drug Abuse In Pregnant Women - LSD & PCP

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      Crazdwriter 

      8 years ago

      I just have to ask where did you get the pictures from? those pictures are scary and sad.

    • Hal Licino profile imageAUTHOR

      Hal Licino 

      8 years ago from Toronto

      As I explained to Peanut Butter Smith when he was spamming an unrelated thread. I will be posting a Hub addressing the LSD safety issue (or lack thereof) next week. Everyone who has not been placed on the SPAM list by HubPages will be more than welcome to comment there.

    • Hal Licino profile imageAUTHOR

      Hal Licino 

      8 years ago from Toronto

      guest67890: I can't publish your comment with expletives! Repost it and keep it family friendly! Sheesh!

    • Hal Licino profile imageAUTHOR

      Hal Licino 

      8 years ago from Toronto

      PB Smith: I'm placing this on both the Hubs where you have spewed your perilously erroneous trash. This much is clear: You are completely insane and are pulling facts out of your rectum. Your opinions on the safety and actual therapeutic characteristics of both smoking cannabis on cancer and LSD in general have absolutely no basis in clinical research, (which I can quote by the hundreds of peer reviewed papers) and you are one dangerous SOB. Smoking cannabis can double the likelihood of a significant number of cancers. You are obviously confusing in vitro research with smokin' a spliff, bozo. As for the effects of LSD, they are all 100% negative, especially on pregnancies where they are directly linked to a plethora of birth defects and miscarriage. Do us all a favor and go away, take your stupid junkie druggie lies with you, and don't come back.

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      PB Smith 

      8 years ago

      RooBee, the reason why you didn't hear about them is because at least as far as LSD, it is relatively harmless.

      A pregnant woman who drinks an average cup of coffee 3-4 times a week while pregnant puts her baby at more risk than if she used LSD.

      Most of the stuff you see attributed to drug abuse by pregnant mothers is actually fetal alcohol syndrome.

      Again I'm not advocating drug use, just the truth.

      If you don't believe what I'm saying do a neutral, non-biased research about it yourself. You may be surprised at what you learn.

      PCP is foul garbage and nobody should touch it and it is a totally different type and class of drug than LSD. The fact that this place links the two as well as linked marijuana with glue sniffing is an indication of the BS they are espousing. If the one substance isn't horrible enough well just associate it with something that is so that association is in the readers mind. Such a shallow attempt at hype and histeria disgusts me.

      If all these substances were truelly as damageing as claimed then the facts would speak for themselves. Problem is the facts don't support most of the anti drug claims.

      Again I say educate yourselves before buying into these ideas.

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      PB Smith 

      8 years ago

      Instead of just accepting these outrageous claims , why don't some of you actually research these claims.

      LSD is less of teragenic (chromosome damaging) substance than caffein or aspirin in the dosages used by humans.

      LSD is just about the most reseached psychedelic substance known. Spend some time getting the FACTS instead of this load of lies. Actually LSD, psylocybin and mescaline are some of the safest drugs that are used recreationaly. A hell of a lot safer than alcohol or tobacco.

      Educate yourselves people.

      I'm not trying to advocate drug use, especially by a pregnant women. The facts and true research does a lot more than bullshit and contrived "facts".

    • Hal Licino profile imageAUTHOR

      Hal Licino 

      9 years ago from Toronto

      Thank you for the kind words, and yes it is a definite modern tragedy. What goes through the minds of these young women when they engage in such horrible behavior while pregnant is completely beyond me! :(

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      Arby Bourne 

      9 years ago from USA

      It's rather unfathomable that women would actually do LSD or PCP while PREGNANT!!!! Absolutely heartbreaking! I truly hope you scare them straight with this, Hal.

      I think we can certainly see eye to eye here, my most prolific fellow Hubber.

      Interestingly enough, I don't recall hearing much about these two particular substances in my Lifespan Development class - which focused heavily on the effects of drug & alcohol consumption on babies. I appreciate the info.

    • Hal Licino profile imageAUTHOR

      Hal Licino 

      9 years ago from Toronto

      Don't do it, dude. Even one acid trip can screw you up for life.

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      Ian 

      9 years ago

      Ima guy so you don't have to worry bout dat... i think im gonna try LSD 1 time just for the lifetime experience. I don't do drugs, ive smoked marijuana but that's bout it.

    • Hal Licino profile imageAUTHOR

      Hal Licino 

      9 years ago from Toronto

      It is a complete social disaster and I hope that this Hub will help at least one pregnant drug abuser to seek or find help! :(

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      Ethel Smith 

      9 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Sad for all concerned

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