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What is Sizzurp?

Paul  Hokemeyer, PhD
Marriage & Family Therapy
Made famous by Justin Beiber, Three 6 Mafia and Lil' Wayne, "Sizzurp" (or "Lean" or "Purple Drink") is a combination of prescription cough syrup which consists of codeine (highly addictive opiate) and a prescription grade antihistamine. The combination of these two, when taken in extreme dosage, has the impact of suppressing one's cardiovascular system, which means the heart can stop, and the pulmonary system, which means the lungs could stop breathing.

Typically, kids are getting the ingredients from their friends or their parents' medicine cabinet. I would encourage everyone to take a hard look at the phenomenon of “sizzurp," which is a lethal, addictive and intoxicating substance that has been glamorized by pop stars.

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