If you’re into rap, especially southern rap, then you’ve likely heard of the Purple Drank aka the Lean or Sizzurp, which is a mixture of a drink with cough syrup which contains codeine and promethazine — well it seems that now a spike in codeine abuse, which has spread all over the country, is because of the likes of artists such as Kanye West, Lil’ Wayne and the Academy Award-winning Three 6 Mafia who praise the abuse in songs, well at least, according to the Journal Sentinel. Hmmmm..
According to the Sentinel, the abuse of the cough suppressant containing codeine and promethazine which rose to prominence in Houston dubbed the “The City of Syrup,” was due to factors like “Screw Music” and songs by artists including “Ye,” “Weezy “and “3-6 Mafia”.
The report stems from a trial set for Green Bay Packers defensive end Johnny Jolly, a Houston native, whose trial this week on charges that he possessed between 200 and 400 grams of codeine proves that the codeine abuse habit still is around and hasn’t been kicked yet even nearing 2010.
Jolly was reportedly arrested on July 8, 2008, outside a Houston nightclub, when police smelled codeine in a soda bottle and two Styrofoam cups filled with ice inside Jolly’s car, according to the Sentinel report.
Well, what do you think, has codeine abuse risen and are hip hop and artists like Kanye West, Lil’ Wayne and Three 6 Mafia the blame? This will surely produce mixed reactions if profiled or polled.