Purple Drank Abuse

Signs and Symptoms 

Purple Drank is an addictive drink made up by the drug abuser himself (or herself). The primary intoxicating ingredient is a promethazine-codeine cough medication that is available only by prescription. It is mixed with a soda drink like Sprite or Mountain Dew. Jolly Rancher candies may be crushed and added to give it more color and flavor.

This mixture is popular among hip hop musicians who also endorse the abuse of this drug by others. But by doing so, they are condemning others to a possible life of addiction. At the same time, at least three people in the hip hop industry have died as as result of this drug: music producer DJ Screw and MC Big Moe both from Houston, and the rapper Pimp C. Still, the most prominent music industry figure abusing this drug has no plans to stop—Lil Wayne.

There are many nicknames for this drug among its users:Sizzurp, Lean, Texas Tea, Memphis Mud, Purple Sprite, and Drank.

Signs You Have Abused Purple Drank

  • Slurred speech
  • Blurred vision
  • Euphoria
  • Sedation
  • Dissociation from one's body
  • Impaired motor skills
  • Lethargy
  • Drowsiness

See also Effects of Purple Drank

The high from Purple Drank is sometimes referred to as a "swooning euphoria."

The reason this formulation is also nicknamed "Lean" is that it causes some people to want to lean on objects for support.

When the dosages of these drugs get high, there may also be unpleasant signs and symptoms that are not sought by the abusers. Signs like vomiting, weakness, headache, itching, dry mouth, hives, chest pain, fainting, hallucinations, seizures and tremors.

In fact, Lil Wayne was hospitalized in October 2012 after he suffered seizures while flying in his private jet. After a short hospital stay, he returned to performing. Despite the fact that he has been quite public about his drug abuse, his seizures were attributed to a migraine and dehydration.

When Lil Wayne was asked about stopping his abuse of Purple Drank, he talked about the symptoms of going through withdrawal: "It ain't that easy - feels like death in your stomach when you stop doing that shit. You gotta learn how to stop, you gotta go through detox."

How Purple Drank Kills and Addicts

Unfortunately, one of the signs and symptoms of Purple Drank abuse is death, especially if the drug is mixed with others like alcohol or Ecstasy. The codeine in the cough syrup is a breathing depressant, as is alcohol. When mixed, the effects can be fatal. In August 2012, a fourteen-year-old girl in St. Paul, Minnesota died after she was given this drink by adults. Her seventeen-year-old cousin was hospitalized.

Purple Drank tends to be more abused in some locations than other. Texas, Florida and Philadelphia are noted for higher levels of Purple Drank abuse.

Abuse of this drug is addictive because of the codeine, and it may be an entry-level drug for young people, especially those who follow hip hop music.

The promethazine in the cough medication is also sought by those who like the "buzz" they might get from it although it is not reported to be addictive in itself.

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