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Rap Star’s Hospitalization Spotlights the Dangerous Popularity of “Purple Drank,” advises Passages Malibu
Date:4/2/2013

Malibu, CA (PRWEB) April 02, 2013

Rap superstar Lil Wayne, also known as Weezy, was reportedly recovering in Cedar's Sinai after experiencing multiple seizures, according to a recent report in the LA Times, following an unsuccessful attempt to quit drinking the popular Southern concoction known widely as “Purple Drank.” A combination of soda, Jolly Ranchers, and prescription cough medicine (codeine and promethazine), the name of the mix may sound relatively harmless but, considering the prescription-strength narcotics, is actually unsafe.

Lil Wayne publicly stated his eagerness to quit the substance — which is known by a variety of names including Texas tea, Lean, Syrup, and Sizzurp — as early as 2008. Primarily a southern phenomenon, Purple Drank originated in Houston, Texas in the early 1990s. The sedative effects of the codeine in the substance (an opiate) are intensified by the promethazine (an antihistamine).

Rap acts like Three 6 Mafia, a notable group from the south, mentioned “syrup” in their music as early as the year 2000. The substance remained largely a cultural element of southern rap subculture, but with the hospitalization of Lil Wayne, there is little question that Purple Drank will start to get more attention.

Another prominent southern artist 2 Chainz, spoke to Vibe magazine in 2011 about the substance an
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