What is “Purple drank”, “sizzurp” or “lean” and why is it dangerous for you?

The “purple drank”, also called sizzurp, codeine, amasin, cough mixture or lean, is a new and very dangerous drug found on our the streets . It is a mixture of codeine or promethazine (found in cough mixture), Sprite, sweets and either paracetamol or Disprin (headache pills). It is called the purple drank because it is often purple in colour.  You may think it is harmless because the ingredients are legal and can be found easily at a shop or pharmacy, BUT it’s not. It is very addictive and has serious side effects.

Two rappers, Lil Wayne and Rick Ross, have suffered serious seizures from drinking sizzurp.

Dangerous side effects include:

  • Seizures
  • Droopy eyes that are sensitive to light
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Blurred vision
  • General confusion
  • Intense sweating
  • Drowsiness
  • Slower or stopped breathing
  • Constipation
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Damage to your teeth

Overdosing on this drug can kill you. If you are using it or know of someone who is, tell the person to stop and tell a trusted adult as soon as possible to get help. If you do not have a trusted adult to tell, go to your local clinic or call the Substance Abuse Helpline 0800 121314 for help and information about alcohol and drug abuse (you could also SMS 32312). Drug abuse is a serious problem that can get you arrested, expose you to HIV and STIs and ruin your future. Read more on substance abuse in our Know Your Mind section


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