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THIS WEEK’S DRUG: SIZZURP
MEDICAL RISK: 5 HALLUCINATORY EFFECT: 5
Perhaps you’ve heard sizzurp mentioned in Jay-Z’s 1999 song ”Big Pimpin” or in Three 6 Mafia 2000 tune “Sippin’ on Some Syrup.” It actually refers to a mixture of prescription cough syrup and soda that’s also called “syrup,” “jelly,” “Texas tea,” and “purple drank.”
Typically, sizzurp comes in two varieties, depending on the cough syrup used to make it: either it’ll have codeine and promethazine — which can give you a feeling of euphoria, along with drowsiness, difficulty breathing, susceptibility to seizures, and addiction in larger doses — or it’ll have Dextromethorphan (DXM) which can cause dissociative properties like hallucinations, distorted sensory perception, and heightened excitability or even irregular heartbeat, spasms, and blackouts at high doses.
Sizzurp is purported to have put Lil’ Wayne in the hospital. Poor hospital. Also, the sugar in the drink is reportedly bad for your teeth. But any cold-sufferer drinking sizzurp at a party might appreciate the drink’s decongestant and cough suppressant effects — win-win!