April 1978

Flying High With Angel Dust

Author Affiliations

Department of Pediatrics Peninsula Hospital Center Far Rockaway, NY 11691

Am J Dis Child. 1978;132(4):432-433. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1978.02120290104028

Sir.—There has been much notoriety lately regarding the abuse of phencyclidine hydrochloride, popularly known as "Angel Dust," "PCP," or "hog." Several reports have recently appeared in the medical literature regarding the upsurge of the use of angel dust on the drug scene.1 The extent of abuse and the toxic manifestations of this drug were the topic of a recent television program.

Our recent experiences with users of angel dust have prompted us to write this report to emphasize the need for diagnostic awareness in pediatrie and adolescent patients, who might have been inadvertently exposed to this drug.

Report of a Case.—A 14-year-old girl was brought to our Emergency Room one Friday evening complaining of having been assaulted and raped. On careful questioning, the girl was able to relate to us every detail of the rape, which apparently occurred on her way home from parochial school.

The patient

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