Is the Increase in PCP-Related Emergency Room Visits Truly Accurate?

Is the Increase in PCP-Related Emergency Room Visits Truly Accurate?Image via Crains New York

Government statistics suggest that emergency room visits for PCP-related incidents increased dramatically between 2005 and 2011

Last month, the Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) released a report saying that ER visits had increased from 14,000 to 75,000 during that period—a 400 percent jump. Still, experts have reason to believe that this hike in ER visits could be inaccurate, as drugs such as ketamine and dextromethorphan could register false positives for PCP. 

In addition, some doctors only use behavioral symptoms to determine that a person has used PCP, thus ruling every other hallucinogenic substance that could be responsible for the visit. So while PCP-related hospital visits are high, they might not be that high. You'd better believe people are trippin' out on other drugs as well.

[via Jezebel]

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