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Rapper Lil’ Wayne Released From Hospital After Seizures Linked to Reported Use of “Sizzurp”

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Rapper Lil Wayne has been released from a Los Angeles hospital where he was taken after suffering a seizure last week. The 30-year-old rapper’s hospitalization triggered a frenzy of media reports that he was near death after suffering multiple seizures and having his stomach pumped when doctors found high amounts of codeine in his system.

The rapper has professed his love for the prescription drug codeine in multiple public venues and in some of his most popular rap songs – in the form of “sizzurp,” which usually involves mixing prescription cough syrup containing the narcotic codeine with soda and sometimes hard candy, like Jolly Ranchers.

What exactly is “sizzurp”?

Also known by the slang terms “purple drank,” “water” and “lean,” sizzurp, is a cough syrup-laced concoction of many names and has been gaining popularity in hip-hop culture.

As described in a recent article in the Los Angeles Times, codeine in the cough-suppressing, prescription cough syrup serves as a pain reliever. A second drug in the cough syrup, known as promethazine, has sedative-like properties and is used as an antihistamine commonly used to treat motion sickness and nausea.

Codeine is an opiate that is in the same family of drugs as heroin and morphine and can be very addictive in high doses. Promethazine has anecdotally been noted to intensify the euphoric effects of codeine in the brain.

The abuse of prescription medicine is a pervasive and devastating health problem, especially among teens, with one in six teens admitting to using a prescription drug to get high or change their mood. Too many drastically underestimate the negative impact that the abuse of prescription drugs and over-the-counter cough medicine is having on American teens today.

Learn more about how to take action to prevent medicine abuse. If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call the Parents Toll-Free Helpline at 1-855-DRUGFREE.

4 Responses to this article

  1. Avatar of kelsey Sandlin
    kelsey Sandlin / April 4, 2013 at 10:30 am

    Lil wayne is an amazing artist and he should not fallow after other rappers i think he made a mistake and he learnt from it and he probably wont do it again hopefully not because i love his music and i do not want it to end or for him to end<3 :)

  2. Avatar of sid
    sid / March 29, 2013 at 3:44 am

    I used to be addicted on prescription drugs and now I am near 6 months clean. I pray that people out here and Lil Wayne clean up their act before it’s too late….

  3. Avatar of Chessy Gloyna
    Chessy Gloyna / March 27, 2013 at 4:25 am

    Drugs make you a slave before you know it. Lil’ Wayne is a great artist. As a former drug users, I know what drugs do and it’s all false. The drug says you feel good, your worries fade away, you’re having a blast, and no one is going to get hurt. So many public figures need to wake up and realize the truth about addiction. Addiction ruins everyone around you and will eventually kill thee user. This is just a caution from someone who has been there, ICU, hospitals, and Rehabs.

  4. Avatar of Zachery Gosser
    Zachery Gosser / March 22, 2013 at 1:07 am

    Happy lil Wayne didn’t die because there wouldn’t be any rappers left

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