The Halton Police have been receiving reports of youths consuming an opioid drink concoction known as ‘Purple Drank’. Other street names include; Syrup, Sizzurp, and Lean.
Drinking prescription-strength cough syrup containing codeine and promethazine mixed with soda was referenced frequently in some popular music and has now become increasingly popular among youth, including the Halton Region.
Codeine is an opioid that can produce relaxation and euphoria when consumed in sufficient quantities. Promethazine is an antihistamine that also acts as a sedative. Users may also flavor the mixture with the addition of hard candies.
Codeine and other opioids present a high risk of fatal overdose due to their effect of depressing the central nervous system, which can slow or stop the heart and lungs. Mixing with alcohol greatly increases this risk.