Rap stars and other celebrities have popularized purple drank. Because people make it from easy-to-find ingredients and it tastes good, some young people believe that it’s not as dangerous as other party drugs. However, people aren’t supposed to take the medication in this concoction in high doses. The lack of control over the chemicals that you’re consuming can lead to health problems or death.
What Is Purple Drank?
This dangerous drug is made from a combination of cough syrup, soda, and hard candy. Often, people add prescription cough medicine, which contains codeine.
The decongestants and antihistamines in over-the-counter medications can also deliver a high when people consume them in high doses. WebMD reports that 10% of American teenagers have used medications that contain dextromethorphan, or DXM, to achieve a high.
Individuals may add alcohol to increase the inebriating characteristics of the drink. The soda and candy add a pleasant flavor. Purple drank has other names, including lean, sizzurp, orange crush, and syrup.
What Are The Dangers Of Purple Drank?
Codeine and DXM are opioids. Both deliver sedative effects and can make you feel high. DXM can be hallucinogenic.
People aren’t supposed to use these medications in large quantities, however. When they do, these meds can produce uncomfortable and dangerous side effects, including:
- Stomach bleeding
- Kidney and liver damage
- Respiratory distress
- Heart failure
When other people make it, you never know how much cough medicine is in your drink. This can contribute to an overdose.
Although codeine is a controlled substance, you can obtain it legally with a prescription. Any adult can buy over-the-counter cough medicines that contain DXM legally. Because of this, some people find it easier to abuse lean than other street drugs.
When To Get Help
Parents may be on the lookout for signs of alcohol or marijuana use in their children. If they don’t know about the prevalence of lean abuse, they may not be alarmed if they find an empty bottle of cough medicine with their child’s belongings, though.
This drug cocktail can put users in the hospital. If it contains codeine, it can lead to addiction.
Detox from lean is often necessary for people who use it regularly. Eliminating opioids from the system can be physically and emotionally distressing without professional help.
Individuals who experience withdrawal symptoms when they’re not taking the drug are exhibiting signs of physical dependence. Those who have cravings for the substance or have nagging thoughts about obtaining or consuming it may have an addiction.
If you use this concoction repeatedly or can’t imagine having fun at a social gathering without it, you may need to seek support for a substance abuse disorder.
At Melrose Recovery Group, we offer a wide range of programs to help you overcome a substance abuse disorder, including:
- Detox programs
- Intensive outpatient program
- Partial hospitalization program
- Inpatient program
- Rehab for men
- Rehab for women
Contact us at 866-271-3438 if you have questions about quitting using purple drank or other substances. We’re here to help you love your life without resorting to drug abuse.