March 18, 2013 — — According to a professor of behavioral sciences at the University of Texas, a risky combination of prescription-strength codeine and sugary soda that has been a common drug in the southern rap community for decades — and has resulted in numerous deaths — could be spread to a younger generation through social media.
The risky recreational narcotic drink that Lil’ Wayne and other rappers have spoken about has come to light after a health scare last week sent the multi-platinum rapper to the hospital in Los Angeles and led to speculations of his demise.
The term “sizzurp” has just recently begun to be used to describe the mixture. The names “sippin’ syrup,” “oil,” “purple stuff,” “drank,” “lean,” and, in one version of the mixture, “mud” are more frequently used.
They can inquire, “Do you need an oil change?” when trying to sell you something on the street.
Promethazine/codeine syrup is known as “sippin syrup” when it is combined with alcohol, fruit- or high-caffeine soda. Candy with a fruit flavoring is frequently added to make it sweeter. Sippin syrup is “very addicting” and still “quite widespread,” according to one researcher who has researched its impact in Houston, the drink’s birthplace.
According to Ronald Peters, an associate professor of behavioral sciences at the University of Texas Health Science Center, “it is still the champagne and caviar of medicines here in Houston.” Peters has spent 13 years researching “sippin’ syrup.”
According to Peters, codeine and Robitussin helped make “drink” popular in the 1970s. He claimed that back then, especially in Houston’s Third Ward on the south side, people “would cut it with beer.”
Hip-popularity hop’s in the 1990s coincided with the upbringing of the subsequent Houston generation, and the notion that people were “sippin syrup” quickly caught on.
Robert Davis, a hip-hop producer best known by his stage name DJ Screw, pioneered an original kind of hip-hop music known as “Screw music.” Screw was the first in the southern hip-hop culture to “slow it down” while others were utilizing quick beats, according to Peters, and with his songs “he just told the world what was going on in Houston.”
I sip codeine/It makes a south side playa lean, begins the rap in one of Screw’s songs from 1996, “Sippin Codeine.”
“Sippin syrup” originated in Houston, which Peters referred to as the “mecca of hip-hop music in the ’90s,” and extended to other states as it acquired acceptance in southern hip-hop circles. From there, it gained appeal among a different new generation that has embraced social media such as YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook.
Styrofoam cups were frequently used for “sippin syrup” in the Houston region; in fact, local law police has arrested people after spotting them holding one while strolling down the street.
In the Houston area, the Styrofoam cup ended up serving as a type of emblem for the beverage. In images and videos, Wayne and other rappers may be seen holding huge Styrofoam cups.
However, a mixture of promethazine, an antihistamine, codeine, a drug with euphoric effects, alcohol, or caffeine, or a combination of all three, might be harmful.
If you consume enough “sippin syrup,” you can get a high that is very comparable to heroin’s and just as addictive.
Peters claimed that there weren’t many studies on “sippin syrup.” However, in one study he carried out in 2003 with over 100 high school-aged students who claimed they were now using “sippin syrup,” Peters claimed several of them claimed to have felt high after trying it for the first time.
According to Peters, several of them struggled with insomnia and became agitated when they were unable to fall asleep. They claimed to have had “syrup comas,” which was the extreme.
Codeine is a sedative that also serves as a painkiller and sedative in prescription cough syrup. It can lower blood pressure, heart rate, and breathing rate.
DJ Screw died as a result of a codeine overdose along with other substances. Another Houstonian named Big Moe, a protégé of DJ Screw, gave his albums the names “City of Syrup” and “Purple World” in reference to the “drink.” Big Moe passed away from a heart attack in 2007 at the age of 33. Many believed that “sippin syrup” was the cause of his demise.
Additionally passing away in 2007 was the rapper Pimp C, real name Chad Lamont Butler. The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office claims that Butler passed away as a result of respiratory depression brought on by the promethazine/codeine in his system and pre-existing sleep apnea. Breathing pauses or becomes shallow while you’re sleeping due to sleep apnea.
Lil’ Wayne’s specific circumstances are still unknown; some claim he had seizures, while others speculate he might be using “sizzurp” again, the subject of several of Wayne’s songs.
Seizures are one of the significant side effects of codeine, according to the National Institutes of Health. Dextromethorphan, a key component of cough medication, can cause seizures when taken in excess.
The rapper himself and Wayne’s team swiftly shot down the reports, though. Wayne tweeted late on Friday, “I’m well, everyone. I appreciate your prayers and love.”
According to Mack Money, a representative of Wayne’s record company Young Money, he was discharged from the hospital on Monday.
Us magazine reported on Saturday that Wayne had overdone it with the “sippin syrup” concoction, citing an unnamed source close to him.
The informant claimed, “He drank too much’sizzurp’ to achieve a better high. “Although he needs rehab, he is not in danger of passing away. He is recovering from his high and is doing good.”
On the song “Me and my Drank,” he raps, “Up in the studio me and my drank/Please let me be and let me do my thang/Thinking about a certain… specific somebody/That perfect somebody lovely purple body.”
Wayne said that he stopped drinking in 2010. The rapper declared in a video that he was sipping Patron tequila and “RIP to the syrup.”
According to Dr. Jacqueline French, a professor of neurology at NYU’s Langone Medical Center and president of the American Epilepsy Society, there are a number of things that can cause seizures, such as stress, lack of oxygen to the brain, insufficient sleep, and drugs.
A seizure can be triggered by “anything that affects the brain,” according to French. The seizure threshold may be lowered by some medications.
Codeine, a sedative, wouldn’t necessarily be “pro-seizure,” according to Dr. Dan Lowenstein, a professor of neurology at the University of California, San Francisco, but one of the worries with cough syrup was that if it contained a stimulant, that may “alter the balance in the brain.”
Stimulants are one of the many drugs that might impact brain excitability, according to Lowenstein. People who are extremely susceptible to seizures may acquire epilepsy if they are subjected to the incorrect circumstances, such as a stimulant drug and sleep deprivation.
The reason for Wayne’s seizures is still a mystery. However, it has sparked conversation about the risks of “sippin syrup.”
Lil Wayne drank what from his cup.
A person’s motor skills are compromised after eating the beverage. They are sleepy. They are sluggish. They essentially experience the negative effects of promethazine and the narcotic codeine, which is used to treat pain (a neuroleptic medicine with strong sedative effects.) While sizzurp consumption can exceed the prescribed dose by up to 25 times, utilizing cough syrup with codeine can aid in recovery (if done in accordance with a doctor’s recommendations). So, certainly, it is risky, especially for those who combine booze and other medications with their lean.
2. It might be fatal. Rapper Pimp C died in 2008 after overdosing on cough medicine, and many believe that lean was responsible for Big Moe’s demise in 2007. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, codeine is an opiate, and overdoses involving prescription opioids have increased fourfold since 1999. 183,000 people died from prescription opioid overdoses between 1999 and 2015, according to statistics. So, certainly, gulping down some purple liquor carelessly can result in death.
3. Lil Wayne acknowledged openly consuming it in 2011. “In a 2011 video, Weezy was heard saying, “I know I picked up the cup what I started drinking what is promethazine combined with codeine, what you guys know as “sizzurp,” according to TMZ. I began consuming it since I am from the South, namely New Orleans, where we were raised on UGK and “Ghetto boy.” And for years, people drank Slurpee. Wayne even cited Pimp C as the reason he first started using drugs. In the end, he realized he was in trouble. “I’m not doing this to be hip. I took this action because I was ill.
What alcohol beverage is suitable for sipping?
Are you a sipper or a shooter when it comes to booze? Whatever your preferred hard drink may be, taking the time to sip it rather than shooting or gulping it will help you appreciate it more and receive more enjoyment from the experience. Drinking spirits allows you to fully appreciate all the subtleties and flavor qualities of your favorite beverage. As opposed to gulping it down quickly and completely missing how it was meant to smell, taste, and be enjoyed.
It is recommended to use higher quality selections when selecting those spirits to sip neat. And if you initially feel a spirit to be too harsh or disagreeable, just give it some time. Your palate will develop and recognize all of the subtle subtleties and notes beyond the alcohol flavor as you drink and savor more.
Is savoring water preferable to guzzling it?
No news there, by this point we’ve all had it driven into our collective consciousness that we need to drink 8 glasses of water a day to be hydrated. Anyone concerned about kidney health is also aware that dehydration, which results in a low urine volume, is a key contributor to kidney stones.
What you might not be aware of is that it’s not necessarily a matter of how much water you consume. It can also matter when, where, and how much you drink.
While some people adore water and have no trouble consuming the necessary amount each day, for others, it can be extremely difficult. Some people would rather “get it out of the way” by downing a huge jug of water at once and calling it quits, or they would rather move on to more interesting drinks like soda, coffee, or alcoholic ones. But according to study, we might want to reconsider when and how much water we drink each day.
There isn’t just one ideal hour of the day for drinking water. However, several research have shown that drinking is best done slowly rather than gulping. The causes are related to how our bodies eliminate water. You may have discovered this the hard way if you’ve ever attempted to drink a sizable bottle of water all at once. Your body flushes out what it doesn’t need in response to this flood of water, which causes frequent (and urgent) trips to the bathroom. On the other hand, if you drink smaller amounts of water throughout the day, no such sense of urgency should appear. Additionally, the body will process the water more effectively and enable you to keep hydrated at a more steady level.
There is no right or wrong way to drink water, however the following advice can help you strike the proper balance:
By drinking a glass of water first thing in the morning, you provide your organs the fluids they require to work at their peak.
A glass of water should be consumed 30 minutes prior to a meal, another during the meal, and a third glass 30 minutes after the meal. Before a meal, we accomplish two goals by drinking water: In order to produce the perfect environment for digestion, we need 1) refrain from overeating, and 2) hydrate the stomach and intestines.
We need to drink more water to restore our body’s fluids as we perspire more. This is crucial if you’re exercising in hotter weather. Even when we are not exercising, it is important to stay hydrated and prevent kidney stones when the temperature rises.
How do I know if I’m drinking enough?
Here are 3 quick tests to determine whether you are drinking enough water:
- Your urine is either colorless or pale yellow.
- There isn’t often a thirst.
- Your daily urination frequency is at least 4-6 times, and each stream lasts 7–10 seconds.