The Dangers of Drinking “Lean”

By Ockydub | Posted Jul 5 2016 | 4 Comments  

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From BlackDoctor.org

“Purple Drank”, “Dirty Sprite” or “Lean” is often glorified in pop culture, most recently by popular rapper Lil Wayne, as the “thing to do” if you’re young and “in the know.” We’ve coined Lean as, “Hip-Hop’s New Heroin”. And unfortunately, Lil’ Wayne’s plane had to take an emergency landing in June 2016 because of seizures brought on mainly because of this “lean” drink. But he also suffered seizures in 2012 and 2013 from the same thing!

This drink is also seen as the preferred method of getting high. Originating in Houston, Texas, in the 1960s, purple drank (also known as sizzurp and purp) can bring about euphoric effects with its use. Unfortunately, this concoction can create dangerous side effects, including death, if taken at high dosage. one of the possible side effects of heavy dosage.

Codeine, one main ingredient in “Lean” is an opiate similar to: Heroin, Morphine, Oxycontin or Vicodin. Not a good look by the way, if you’ve ever seen a heroin addict. Some of the biggest supporters of this drink seem to be the ones who have died at the mercy of this drink. DJ Screw, died of a codeine-promethazine-alcohol overdose in 2000. Big Moe, a DJ Screw protégé, who rapped excessively about this drink died at age 33 in 2007, after suffering a heart attack one week earlier that left him in a coma.

In a 2006 survey, 3.6 percent of 8th graders admitted to abusing cough medicine. High schoolers had even higher percentages – 5.3 percent among 10th graders and 5.5 percent of 12th graders.

Codeine is not as addictive as Heroin, but once addicted, the withdrawal symptoms mirror those of a Heroin addiction. Pimp C had a history of suffering from Sleep Apnea, a condition where you stop breathing while you are asleep. Pimp C drank Lean before going to sleep and when combined with his respiratory condition, is what killed him.

The two active ingredients Codeine & Promethazine are Central Nervous System Depressants, meaning they both slow your breathing, which is why people feel that “good feeling” or that euphoria. But sometimes it slows the system down so much that a person stops breathing and dies.

The drink is called Lean because of the loss of control over your body. People affected by Lean tend to lean or slump over.

April 2012, Rapper Schoolboy Q revealed that he quit sipping on Lean and is trying to get A$AP Rocky to follow his lead. The duo created the popular hit, “Hands on the Wheel”. Schoolboy Q said he quit after he drank some Lean and passed out, then woke up breathing heavily due to his complications with asthma: “I don’t know if it was a near-death experience but it felt like I was about to die. I’ve been going through withdrawals… It’s like somebody’s grabbing your stomach… and just holding it.”

The drug can cause Neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS), which can be fatal. Symptoms may include fever, stiff muscles, confusion, abnormal thinking; fast or irregular heartbeat and sweating.

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Ockydub

Octavius is a founder and editor of Cypher Avenue. He's here to help speak for us and show the world that masculine gay / bisexual men of color are not a part of the stereotypical gay normal that is seen and fed to the masses. No...we are a distinct breed, filled with character and pride. Cypher Avenue is here to show the world how we are different.

   
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  1. OhSheit
    OhSheit | July 5th, 2016
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    boneheads

  2. Ockydub
    Ockydub | July 5th, 2016
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  3. SwagJack
    SwagJack | July 8th, 2016
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    It’s crazy. A group of about 15 middle school kids got sick at school from drinking lean in the DC area this spring:

    http://www.wusa9.com/news/local/middle-school-students-ill-after-drinking-mixture-of-vodka-nyquil-and-jolly-ranchers/189946645

    I’ll never understand how folks are so willing to keep drinking lean, even though it has killed notable folks that were important to contemporary hip hop culture. Asap Yams died from it. Pimp C died from it. Lil Wayne was admitted to the hospital because of it at least twice. But the lesson keeps flying over their heads. As Prince famously said, “It’s silly, no, when a rocket ship explodes and everybody still wants to fly? But some say a man ain’t happy unless a man truly dies.”

    But my grandmother always said that ignorance is bliss…

    “Why in the hell should I stop drinking whatever it is in my cup? I think people need to mind their own business. I don’t care if it was heroin in my cup. It’s in my cup. Fuck you!”
    – Lil Wayne

  4. ColumbusGuy
    ColumbusGuy | July 8th, 2016
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    Ockydub

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    Ok., I needed something to chuckle at. Bring back the crackheads lol.




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