Lean is often made by mixing prescription-strength codeine cough syrup with soda. The drink has become popularized in mumble hop culture over the last several years, with famous rappers drinking and featuring it in their music videos. Now the trend has spread to social media, making it even more popular among fans who are posting to emulate some of their favorite rap stars.
VICE’s Matt Shea travels to Florida to meet some users and distributors of lean to see its influence on pop culture first-hand.
DJ Screw, Big Moe, Lil Peep, Fredo Santana and Pimp C all died from the purple drank known as sizzurp, lean, syrup, drank, barre, purple jelly, Texas tea, dirty Sprite, and Tsikuni.
Lil Wayne was hospitalized with seizures allegedly after taking the drug. How he hasn’t died yet is a mystery. Maybe it will take Wayne’s death ’til the next wake up call.
In Australia, codeine-related deaths doubled between 2000 and 2009. If you want to speak about it with someone in Australia, you can call the INFORMATION HOTLINE: 1300 85 85 84
In 2016, there were more than 63,600 drug overdose deaths in the United States. The age-adjusted rate of drug overdose deaths in 2016 (19.8 per 100,000) was 21% higher than the rate in 2015 .
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