We’ve all heard the crazy drug urban legends and may have even believed some of them. Like, if you’ve taken 7 hits of acid in your lifetime, you are considered to be clinically insane. This one’s false, but, there is some drug-related folklore that’s actually true, or in-part true, despite how outrageous the tale seems. Here are the 5 most notorious drug urban legends (that are actually mostly true).
#1: PCP will turn you into a flesh-eating zombie
Terrifyingly enough, this one is mostly true, in that there have been a couple of cases of people using PCP then eating human flesh. You read that right. You may or may not remember the story of Antron Singleton, aka “Big Lurch” – his rapper name.
In 2002, after a nearly week-long PCP binge, Big Lurch was found walking the streets of Los Angeles in the middle of the night, naked, covered in blood and howling at the moon. When authorities went to his apartment, they found his roommate dead “with her lungs torn from her torso, and her body and face covered with …bite marks.” Upon examining Antron’s stomach contents, doctors found it to be “full of human flesh.”
In another disturbing PCP-related case, in 2009, a man ate the eyes of his 4 year old son while high.
#2: Molly is pure MDMA
Many people distinguish between Ecstasy (pill form) and Molly (powder/capsule form) saying that Ecstasy is almost always cut with other substances such as amphetamine, meth, and cocaine among others while molly is purely MDMA. The fact of the matter is that, just because you’ve obtained MDMA in powder form and it was sold to you as ‘Molly,’ that doesn’t mean that it’s pure.
The DEA has said that the purity of Molly is almost a myth because it comes in powder form and can easily be mixed with other drugs, which makes it even more dangerous. In fact, cocaine, crack, ecstasy, meth, and even bath salts have all been found to be mixed in with the supposedly ‘pure’ Molly.
#3: Drug dealers are selling colored and flavored crystal meth and calling it “Strawberry Quick (Quik)”
Emails began circulating back in 2007 and have been seen as recently as 2012 urging parents to beware of a new “tactic” by drug dealers who are targeting children by manufacturing a form of meth that is pink in color and smells and tastes like strawberry. The emails instructed parents to worn their children about accepting candy from strangers or even classmates and stated that there had already been cases across the country of this “Strawberry Quick.”
This notorious drug urban legend is a mixture of truth and myth because, while there are instances in which police have seized colored versions of crystal meth that resemble candy, the part about it being manufactured in this way so as to appeal to children is not true.
“We checked with all of our labs, and there’s nothing to it,” U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration spokesman Michael Sanders said. “It’s not a trend or a real problem; I think that this was maybe someone with good intentions but jumped the gun.”
#4: Eating bagels with poppy seeds can cause a false positive for opiates on drug tests
This notorious drug urban legend was featured on an episode on the hit series Seinfeld, in which the character Elaine had eaten a poppy seeded muffin and then failed a drug test at her place of employment. As with every other episode, hilarity ensued. The thing is, this has actually happened in real life.
There are actual documented cases where people have lost their jobs or been turned down for job positions due to ‘dropping dirty’ for opiates on drug screens. It was determined that in these cases, the person had consumed poppy seeded bagels and other such baked goods causing a false positive for opiates.
This one is also a mixture of truth and myth because the federal guidelines for agencies that drug test have since the cut-off level for a positive, in order to eliminate many of the poppy seed-related false positives that were previously occurring. Therefore, it is no longer really a thing you can claim if you were to come up positive for opiates on a drug test.
#5: PCP is embalming fluid that people dip their cigarettes and joints in to achieve a greater high
This one is confusing because the second part of that statement is true but the first half is not. PCP is an intravenous anesthetic that was developed in the ’50s whereas formaldehyde (embalming fluid) is a completely different – and completely toxic – chemical. What confuses the issue is that, perhaps due to the widely-believed notorious urban legend that PCP and formaldehyde are one-in-the-same and therefore some people often mix the two substances together or, skip the PCP altogether, dipping their ‘smokeables’ in just embalming fluid.
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Any drug that can be used recreationally comes with a slew of drug myths. This is especially true of the infamous drug PCP (phencyclidine) also known as angel dust. PCP is a recreational dissociative drug that was formerly used as an anesthetic agent. PCP is essentially could be called a hallucinogen because of its effects. And some of what is known about PCP was probably made up in a hallucinogenic haze. For instance, that PCP is made up of the same stuff used in funeral homes to preserve dead bodies.
So let’s see what is true and what’s not. Is PCPs infamy due to actual fact or just stories that been passed around from drug user to drug user?
This is drug myths debunked: PCP
PCP and Embalming Fluid: This is downright creepy
One of the most common myths about PCP is that it is the same as or synthesized from embalming fluid. Yes, you heard that right, embalming fluid. This myth is FALSE. PCP was called embalming fluid in the 1970s and is not the same or synthesized from embalming fluid. If it does have embalming fluid in it, it is not supposed to.
The truth behind this one:
The myth that PCP and embalming fluid are the same or synthesized from one another is false. But people who actually decide to mix the two and use embalming fluid is not.
Unfortunately for some people believing this myth, they have tried to smoke cigarettes or cannabis dipped in real embalming fluid (formaldehyde) which is highly toxic. This is a mistake because PCP is not in any way embalming fluid and they are two totally different substances. Some users of PCP-laced weed also believe and are often told that their pot contains embalming fluid and not PCP or that the slang term “dust” really means embalming fluid. This just isn’t true. Some people are even told that PCP is the two substances mixed together which further perpetuates the myth and the actual use of embalming fluid.
Also, because of PCP’s close identification with embalming fluid, mixtures of PCP and embalming fluid have actually popped up and are used recreationally. PCP and embalming fluid mixtures are called sherm, worm, water-water, amp, and illy. Smoking embalming fluid with PCP can result in: Hallucinations; symptoms associated with schizophrenia, including delusions and paranoia; difficulty with speech or thought; loss of self-identity; depression and weight loss. It can cause users to lose the bounds of their egos and to lose touch with reality. Whatever way you look at it PCP should never have embalming fluid in it and the drug PCP is merely phencyclidine not a mixture of phencyclidine and embalming fluid. In fact, the drug PCP is in closer relation to Ketamine and nitrous oxide than it is embalming fluid.
Rodney King and PCP
The Rodney King police beating case in LA was a source of tons of controversy and outrage. And of course where there is controversy and outrage you can almost find myth and urban legend. Because Rodney King resisted arrest, with several officers needed to finally subdue him, he was assumed to be on PCP at the time. This is because PCP is notorious for causing violent and unpredictable behaviors, combined with an inability to feel pain (supposed “superhuman” strength). However, the truth always comes out and the toxicology results showed that the only drugs found in his system were alcohol and marijuana. This myth is just that, a myth.
“Man Slices off his Face and Feeds it to Dogs”: Um, What?
This myth sounds more like a present day incident ever since a man in Miami was found eating another man’s face. So is this PCP story true? No one can say for sure. It just might be. The legend holds that a man who, while under the influence of the drug, thoroughly sliced off pieces of his own face (including his eyes; I had to tell you that part) to feed to his pet dogs. Some versions of this story say that he suffered permanent brain damage as well. What is weird about this is that it is very similar to what one of the characters in Thomas Harris’ 1999 novel Hannibal did. The legend, however, goes back farther than 1999 and can be traced all the way to a New York homicide detective who wrote a book Practical Homicide Investigation. In this book he tells the story and says it did happen in the 1980s. A 1989 book, by Dr. Joseph Sacco also mentions this story but with a few differences in details. This legend hasn’t been proved or disproved. This myth will forever live on until it can be proved true or untrue.
Superhuman Strength and PCP
A widely held belief and myth about PCP is that it gives its users “superhuman” strength for the duration of its effects, and there are several little anecdotes that supposedly back up this phenomenon. However, while PCP commonly results in psychotic symptoms (to one degree or another) coupled with inability to feel pain, it can make its users feel invincible and appear to have “superhuman” strength. PCP does not typically make the user significantly stronger than they would be normally.
The exception to this myth could be also where it started. The exception is when a user experiences excited delirium from PCP, a severe and life-threatening reaction that occasionally results from use of PCP as well as various stimulants such as cocaine and amphetamines. Excited delirium has also been reported to occur without any drug use, and the increased strength that results is most likely caused by a massive increase in adrenaline. So you can take this one for what it is.
Well, folks, there are some of the most common drug myths about PCP debunked. I have never done PCP but it seems like one hell of a drug. A drug that I am glad I will never experience. Ah, it feels good to be sober.
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