What Is PCP Used For?
PCP was originally developed as a surgical anesthetic in the 1950s. It quickly fell out of favor because many people reported negative side effects like loss of memory, dysphoria (depressed mood) and hallucinations.
Currently, PCP has no medical uses in the United States. It has not been manufactured since the 1970s, and the only way to obtain it is through illicit means.
What Is Phencyclidine Classified As?
PCP is a Schedule II drug according to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). A Schedule II drug has recognized medical uses but a high potential for addiction and misuse.
Even though PCP is no longer used for any medical purpose in the United States, it has retained its Schedule II status.