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Sippin' On Sizzurp

Lean Drink Also Known As…

It’s very well received, it is fairly easy to get and many young people from across the nation simply love it, especially in Texas and Florida. It is called Lean drink aka purple drank, purple jelly, sizzurp, dirty sprite and a dozen other slang terms. 

It is a highly addictive makeshift cocktail that gets its name from the fact that when users are high on it they feel like they are leaning, very simply put. The ingredients in a Purple Drank cocktail are promethazine (liquid codeine) and some type of liquid drink such as soda or fruit punch. It’s usually deep purple in color and is drunk from a styrofoam cup. There are some alternative ingredients that are often substituted or simply added in on occasion. 

The usual replacement or enhancement is PCP, Cocaine, and sometimes even Hydrocodone. In a pinch, some have been known to use over the counter cough syrups that contain the active ingredient dextromethorphan (DXM). In small doses, DXM is a well-suited cough suppressant but only in small doses. When DXM is abused and taken in larger than recommended doses it offers effects like ketamine or PCP, hallucinations and all. 

The Origin

The Drink is usually purple and also goes by the street names of Triple C, Barr, Purple Drank, DXM, DEX, or Robo. Elite Daily explains that “the origins of the drink go as far back as the 1970s,” and in some parts of the American South, “homemade [lean] is still part of the laid-back culture.” In 2005, the DEA sent out warnings about the active ingredient DXM after five teens died after taking it. Since there have been numerous warnings from the DEA and from The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration about DXM and its other codeine based cohorts. 

There is no doubt that any of the Purple Drank concoctions are dangerous, in fact, they are deadly. The combination of the formulations can bring on agitation, loss of consciousness, confusion, difficulty breathing, seizures, slow heartbeat and eventually death. The antihistamine coupled with the other ingredients makes this a Russian roulette cocktail for many. 

One such person that decided to partake in the Russian roulette cocktail, Lean, and lost was former San Diego safety, Terrance Kiel who died at 27 years of age. Kiel was driving the wrong way and crashed at an intersection where his car then rolled down a hill, ejecting him from it. Toxicology reports later indicated that Kiel had ingested a Purple Drank cocktail before he took the wheel. 

Splinter News explains that in the early 1990s, purple drank grew out of its Houston origins into a drink that was enjoyed and unofficially promoted by some of the biggest names in hip-hop, such as Lil’ Wayne, one of the best-selling artists of all time, who suffered two seizures after consuming the drink in 2016. In 2013, rapper Mac Miller opened up in an interview with Vibe about his addiction to lean. On September 7, 2018, he was found dead on an apparent drug overdose.

Cough Syrup Addiction

Lean Drink: Cough Syrup Addiction & Abuse

DXM is used in many cough medicine suppressants and cold preparations that are sold over the counter and can be bought easily at local drug stores. The Internet offers a plethora of information on how to order bulk dextromethorphan and what to do to achieve the best results once it arrives, including recipes. 

The effects of taking DXM vary depending on the amount taken. Some claim they have visual distortion and others claim completely out of body experiences. Imagine mixing this kind of drug with the powerful PCP, Cocaine, or Hydrocodone and the results are nothing short of bone-chilling.  

It is important that parents and family members look for signs of Sizzurp abuse. Red flags include someone that is taking too many OTC cold and flu drugs or who takes them for prolonged periods of time. If someone is carrying around these types of products or has them stashed in their room, backpack, or purse, this is a sign. Or, if these medicines are purchased and often come up missing, this could be a problem. Know that if it seems that a problem has been detected that help is available. You are not alone and there are professionals that can help. 

Side Effects

lean effectPeople will frequently feel unsteady and experience considerable difficulties in adjusting, and they may lean on one side when impaired. The medication can likewise prompt obscured vision, memory loss, and slurred speech. From multiple points of view, the early physical symptoms is similar to alcohol poisoning.

Utilizing Purple Drank for a long time can prompt much more serious medical issues. Dental decay and gum diseases are likely. The codeine cause chronic constipation and urinary tract infections are likewise normal. A person’s sleep cycle is likely to be disrupted.

Because of the drug’s opiate properties, you can become dependent on it. The more you consume it, the greater your chance of becoming addicted.

Let Us Help You Battle The Addiction

Lean Drink is addictive due to the codeine in the drink. At Klean Treatment Centers, we can help you battle the addiction and get back your life.  Our clinical team will work with you to help navigate the most appropriate approach for you.  We will help you discover your needs and identify a program to support your journey, KLEAN and sober.

Programs For Success

  • Coed treatment facility
  • Sub-acute detox
  • Individual therapy sessions
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)
  • Process groups
  • Relapse prevention
  • Intensive outpatient programs (IOP)
  • Aftercare programming
  • Pet-friendly
  • Young Adult Programs
  • Family Programs

Don’t try to fight cough syrup addiction alone.  Let our experts teach you more about lean drink effects and dangers.


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