‘Purple drank,’ the ugly side of hip-hop culture - Sovereign Health Group
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As the warm evening sun casts it fading glow, the sound of pounding Jamaican bongo beats coming from a clandestine mezzanine in a high-rise apartment in the SoMa neighborhood of San Francisco grows louder. It’s Friday and a Hip Hop themed party is in full swing. With sounds of laughter filling the room, Jeremy (name changed), the 25-year-old DJ, slows down the tempo of a song to layer in more foot tapping beats, and signals to his buddy Alan (name changed) to make him his favorite drink.

Alan, who is in his mid-30s, is in-charge of the bar tonight and has managed to infuse life into this little corner by giving it an authentic Kingston town feel for a crazy weekend night. He pours a generous dose of promethazine codeine cough syrup, a prescription cough suppressant, in a tall glass jar, followed by Faygo Redpop, a strawberry-flavored cream soda, tosses in some ice cubes and grape-flavored Jolly Rancher candies for color and taste. He mixes them, giving it a good shake to make a purple-colored cocktail.

Sipping the purple liquid, Jeremy experiences a swooning euphoria. The sedative effect of the drink makes him feel relaxed and boost his enthusiasm to a newer level. Dazed and woozy, Jeremy will now feel disassociated from his body for the next three to six hours. That’s the effect of this intoxicating concoction, which is better known as “Purple Drank,” “Purple Stuff,” “Lean” and “Sizzurp.”

However, what Jeremy has ignored or doesn’t know is that Purple drank is a deadly hallucinogenic cocktail.

Purple drank is dangerous drink

Purple drank is a deadly combination of a codeine-based cough syrup –– antihistamines such as promethazine –– and soda, which can cause a range of problems from serious neuropsychological complications to chronic respiratory depression, drowsiness and acute deliriums.

Moreover, if such a lethal cocktail is further combined with alcohol or any other drug, the risk of a fatal overdose is largely heightened. The other overlooked effects of purple drank, which cannot be ignored, are mostly related to central nervous system impairments. Overdosing on the drink can cause constriction of pupils, inability to control eye movement including droopy eyes, and slow, slurred speech.

Also, the drink is known to severely affect balance and coordination, causing unsteadiness and irritation. Since the drink essentially contains codeine, which is an addictive opioid, prolonged consumption can cause the heart rate to slow down. In fact, doctors have even reported instances of nausea, dizziness and hallucinations depending on the dosage. Additionally, this sugary cocktail is infamous for causing severe tooth decay and other dental problems.

Syrup being smuggled into US from Mexico

Ever since Actavis, the global pharmaceutical company, stopped manufacturing a cough syrup containing codeine and promethazine, Mexican drug cartels have started flooding the American markets with a duplicate version of the syrup using a new name, which in no way can be linked to its predecessor. Manufactured in Guadalajara in Western Mexico, cartels smuggle bottles of the syrup in fruit trucks across the border to Texas, from where it makes its way to the black markets in California.

Unfortunately, teens and young adults seem to be extremely vulnerable to this drug, which has been glamorized by the hip-hop and rapping culture nationwide. “Once when you push yourself to sip it to feel cool, you know you’re getting hooked, and once you’re hooked, that’s when you start really shelling out all your bucks on it, and that’s precisely when it takes over and begins to consume you,” said a teenager in Los Angeles, battling addiction to purple drank.

Sovereign Health can help

Studies suggest that every individual has the neurobiological potential to become an addict. However, in the sphere of rewards, everybody might not be on the same level, as in the case of people addicted to a substance, where it could be even hard-wired into their gray matter.

The Sovereign Health understands the plight of someone who is unable to discontinue the use of harmful substances despite the negative impact on his or her life. The Sovereign Health of San Clemente, CA is here to help. Our customized drug addiction treatment programs are tailored to individual needs in order to treat the person holistically. The Sovereign Health of San Clemente’s Pain Program is designed to help foster addiction recovery by facilitating treatment for individuals whose pain has led to an addiction of either prescription and/or illegal drugs.

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