Teens and young adults turn to easily-accessible substances because they are unable to drink alcohol. To get high, they commonly use a drug called lean, or purple drank. What is lean drink and how harmful is it?
What is Lean?
Lean is a homemade drink made from over-the-counter ingredients. Most of what you need to make lean is in a home pantry or medicine cabinet.
Lean is a mixture of the following:
- Prescription cough syrup
- Soft drinks
- Fruit-flavored hard candies
Although lean sounds harmless, prescription cough medicines contain codeine, a dangerous opioid that sometimes leads to painkiller addiction. Secondary ingredients in the cough syrup include promethazine. This is an antihistamine that sedates and impairs motor functioning.
Most young people drink lean without realizing its strength. Mixing hard candies with soft drinks seems tame. Because parents serve cough syrup to their children when they’re sick, many adolescents have no idea how potent it is.
The Dangers of Lean
Purple lean looks like grape punch, a harmless childhood drink. However, the drink is a narcotic drug just as powerful as any street drug. Drinking lean has many dangerous side effects.
Lean is also called purple drank, sizzurp and dirty sprite. There are songs about the drug on the radio, and superstars like Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, T.I., and Lil Wayne often boast about using lean. In fact, Lil Wayne almost died from the health effects of sizzurp while suffering a week-long string of seizures.
The cough syrup in lean causes health problems. Active ingredients like codeine and promethazine cause:
- Dizziness and nausea
- Blurred vision
- Memory problems
- Coma and death
People who drink lean regularly tend to gain weight, have urinary tract infections, become constipated, and suffer dental decay. Coma and death are major risks when combining lean with other drugs or alcohol. Drinking lean is the first step towards deadly codeine addiction.
Ending Your Substance Abuse Before It Becomes Deadly
Young people most commonly consume lean. No matter your age, however, it is never too late to get help for substance abuse. At The Hills Treatment Center in Los Angeles, you can receive codeine addiction rehab in a luxurious, pet-friendly, confidential environment.
Whether a residential treatment program, intensive outpatient or partial addiction treatment suits your needs, visiting The Hills Treatment Center is the start to long-term recovery. Call The Hills at 866-322-7820 for more information on available addiction treatment programs. Make this call now and start a new life today.