When commentating fashion shows I’ve always said that there is nothing new under the sun. I surely hope that people don’t think that drinking cough syrup to get high is new. I remember a young man who we called “Robo” back in the day. The nickname came for his love or addiction to Robitussin Cough Syrup. He always kept a bottle visible in his shirt pocket. He passed away as a young man. With all the talk about Lil’ Wayne going into the hospital for alleged seizures possibly from his cough syrup drink, I decided to look up what is called sirrzup, seerup or sirrup. There were more than 13,000 results. According to the Urban Dictionary:
Sirrup is a mixed beverage, which became famous through the postmillenium hip-hop community of southern U.S.A. Sirrup consists of Codeinesirup and lemon flavored lemonade, Jolly Rancher candy is optional. It’s most famous representative is definitely Lil’ Wayne, who is often seen sippin’ from a Styrofoam cup, filled with a purple colored liquid.
Let’s use it in a sentence: “Man, have you heard of DJ 100 percent Design? He must be sirrup sippin’ every day with those remixes.”
I remember watching an episode of “Behind The Music” about Lil’ Wayne. Towards the end of the episode he was asked about what was in the cup, what was he drinking? He got pretty upset and said no one needed to ask him about what was in his cup. Well about a week ago Wayne was hospitalized and many in the news media attributed the trip to the hospital to his codeine concoction. Not so says Lil’ Wayne’s family, they say somebody messed with his sirrup, he was poisoned. Reportedly he has hired an investigator to check into the alleged poisoning. Funny nobody said it is time to stop drinking the deadly purple drink.
If you think you want to start using sirrup here is something you may want to consider. As tolerance for the drugs in sirrup builds, higher doses are required to feel similar effects. In this cough syrup combination, promethazine can actually double the amount of codeine that affects the body. Furthermore, carbonated drinks make the body absorb even more by pushing it through the stomach lining to the part containing blood vessels.
The major danger of cough syrup abuse is the high potential for addiction. Like morphine or other opiates, regular consumption of codeine can result in chemical dependency. Taken over a period of time, the body’s central nervous system will stop producing pain killers, or endorphins, naturally because it is receiving opiates instead. Then these inactive nerve cells degenerate and when the body no longer produces pain killers on its own, the addiction begins. When a user wants to quit, it often means a painful withdrawal period or an unpleasant medically supervised detox. Even then, relapse is always a danger. People can lose consciousness and have convulsions (can you say seizure). Those with prior respiratory problems such as asthma face even higher risks.