Chicago Toddler Tests Positive For PCP, Cocaine
In a bizarre incident, a 1-year-old boy tested positive for the drugs PCP and cocaine after his parents took him to a hospital in Chicago, according to multiple tabloid reports, citing Chicago police authorities. The boy came into the notice after a witness saw him chewing on a piece of tinfoil thought to be tainted with the drug Phencyclidine (PCP) commonly known as “angel dust” and cocaine.
According to Chicago Tribune, police officer says the boy was in his house around the area of 3600 Block of West 5th Avenue on Sunday when someone saw him chewing on a piece of foil that the authorities believe was tainted with the aforementioned substances. There was a black substance on his teeth, the publication cited officers as saying.
A report by Chicago Sun-Times says that family members discovered the baby was lethargic and the mom rushed the boy to Mount Sinai Hospital where after a series of tests doctors found the narcotics in his system, police News Affairs Officer Amina Greer said, citing preliminary information.
Hospital officials immediately informed the Chicago police that the boy was subjected to drugs, testing positive to cocaine and PCP. A report by Chicago Sun-Times says that family members discovered the baby was lethargic and the mom rushed the boy to Mount Sinai Hospital where after a series of tests doctors found the narcotics in his system.
After the hospital contacted the police, reporting a case of child abuse, investigators went to the house and found "various drug paraphernalia" in the home, the Tribune reports. According to UK’s Top News, the piece of aluminum foil, which the baby boy was chewing on, tested and proved to have been contaminated with the two substances. The boy was reportedly in good condition Sunday and no charges had been pressed against anybody as of 4:00 a.m. Monday. The baby boy is currently under observation at the hospital.
What is Phencyclidine?
Phencyclidine, commonly initialized as PCP and also known as “angel dust,” is a powerful psychedelic known for its dissociative effects at higher doses. Also known alternately by the slang names 'embalming fluid', 'fry', 'formaldehyde', 'wet', 'water', or 'amp,' PCP is a recreational, dissociative drug formerly used as an anesthetic agent, exhibiting hallucinogenic and neurotoxic effects.
National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) described the substance on its website as a synthetic drug sold as tablets, capsules, or white or colored powder, which can be snorted, smoked, or eaten.
As of its effects, the website states that users can experience several unpleasant psychological effects, with symptoms mimicking schizophrenia (delusions, hallucinations, disordered thinking, extreme anxiety).