Drug abuse among young adults is nothing new. However, a new, dangerous addictive called Purple Drank is rising in popularity. Learn more about this dangerous combination.
What is Purple Drank?
Purple drank is also known as Lean, Sippin’ Syrup or Dirty Sprite. Whatever name it goes by, the mixture of ingredients remains the same. The beverage contains cold medicine with codeine as the active ingredient. Sprite, colorful hard candies and lots of ice gives the drink it’s sweet taste. This hides some of the cold medicine taste.
Since purple drank contains codeine, it can cause a number of unpleasant side effects. Just as important, it can be addictive. Clearly, this isn’t a drink that anyone can safely consume.
How Did It Become So Popular?
Purple drank was relatively unheard of just a decade ago. In recent years, however, it has progressed into a trendy beverage. Most notably, it’s popular among hip hop stars and even a few athletes.
Rapper Lil Wayne is arguably the most famous user. For years, he’s been open about his affinity for the mixture. He’s even featured in music videos and song lyrics. Many people saw Lil Wayne using purple drank and believed it to be cool or appealing.
Sadly, Lil Wayne’s addiction didn’t have a happy ending. In 2013, he started experiencing seizures and decided to give up the habit for his health. Nevertheless, the drink is still popular in the music industry and among fans.
What Are the Side Effects?
Because the beverage contains codeine—which is an opiate—that makes it as addictive as heroin. There are also numerous physical and psychological side effects to consider.
Some people call it “Lean” because it literally causes users to lean over and struggle to walk freely. Drinking the beverage makes people feel woozy and drowsy. Slurred speech, blurred vision and a lack of coordination are incredibly common.
Over time, the side effects can worsen. This seemingly harmless, sweet-tasting beverage can lead to slowed breathing, coma, and even a fatal overdose.
Can You Recover From a Purple Drank Addiction?
In a word, yes. However, addiction recovery has to include medical supervision and support. Located in Maryland, Ashley Addiction Treatment offers a comprehensive Young Adult Program that specifically targets the needs of younger patients.
Our substance abuse programs include:
- Comprehensive medical care, which includes detoxification
- Professional clinical care, including Individual and group therapy
- Psychological and psychiatric care, including dual diagnosis
- 12-step meetings
- Holistic and recreational therapies
Purple drank is not harmless, and it can cause addiction as well as serious health complications. Fortunately, recovery is possible at Ashley Addiction Treatment. Call 866-313-6307 to learn more and to begin your journey to recovery.