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Cough Medicine Abuse

Purple Drink

Purple drink (aka dirty Sprite, lean, or sizzurp) is a mixture of prescription cough syrup containing codeine and promethazine and Sprite (sometimes a Jolly Rancher is added). While glamorized in music and on social media, the sedating effects of promethazine, combined with the respiratory effects of codeine, has led to the hospitalization or death of several celebrities.


Over-the-counter cough syrup can also be mixed with soda and abused. Sometimes called robo-tripping, consuming a large amount of the cough suppressant dextromethorphan is more common and can cause hallucinations and psychotic behavior. Mixing alcohol with prescription or over-the-counter cough syrup increases these risks.

Communication Is Key

Please talk with your child about the dangers associated with abusing drugs and alcohol. Click this link for more information.