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Syrup
Joe Saster
What is Syrup?
•“Syrup” is a prescription-strength cough
medicine that contains the opioid codeine,
and promethazine a pow...
Continued
•Syrup has similar effects to opioid drugs,
with side effects such as drowsiness,
euphoria, short temper, and ca...
Effects of Syrup
• The codeine in the syrup is designed to suppress
the amount of coughing, and as a pain reliever.
• The ...
Cases
• There have been a various amount of cases involving syrup made
into national news due to the people involved in th...
Quote
“It is possible to take an overdose of codeine when abusing Purple
Drank, resulting in an opiate overdose and death....
Discussion Question
• If syrup is so widely used by famous rappers and athletes, what is
there to tell young kids that it ...
Syrup in the world
What it Looks Like
• Syrup (National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA))
• http://www.drugabuse.gov/drugs-abuse/commonly-abused-
drugs/commonly-a...
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  1. 1. Syrup Joe Saster
  2. 2. What is Syrup? •“Syrup” is a prescription-strength cough medicine that contains the opioid codeine, and promethazine a powerful antihistamine. Syrup has been made famous by the use of many rappers since the early 90’s. The availability of the drug is highly rising in the United States.
  3. 3. Continued •Syrup has similar effects to opioid drugs, with side effects such as drowsiness, euphoria, short temper, and can in some cases cause seizures. •Since the rise of its popularity the prescription has become harder to obtain.
  4. 4. Effects of Syrup • The codeine in the syrup is designed to suppress the amount of coughing, and as a pain reliever. • The Promethazine is in the drink in order to suppress flu like symptoms, and is also a light sedative. The sedative is there to hopefully stop people from drinking too much of it, by making them fall asleep.
  5. 5. Cases • There have been a various amount of cases involving syrup made into national news due to the people involved in the incident. • DJ Screw, who is seen as the ambassador of illegal use, died of an overdose of syrup in 2000. • Lil Wayne has been hospitalized numerous times due to seizures from syrup binges. • Pimp C was also found dead due to a syrup overdose in 2007.
  6. 6. Quote “It is possible to take an overdose of codeine when abusing Purple Drank, resulting in an opiate overdose and death. If the use of the drink is combined with alcohol or other drugs, the combination can also contribute to death.” What stood out to me in this quote is the fact that overdosing on syrup is virtually the same as overdosing on heroin. Kids think it is okay to do because rappers talk about it. But they do not realize it has extremely similar characteristics to heroin, and other opioids.
  7. 7. Discussion Question • If syrup is so widely used by famous rappers and athletes, what is there to tell young kids that it is dangerous. These people are role models for kids, and if they see their role models drinking syrup could they be more likely to try it themselves?
  8. 8. Syrup in the world
  9. 9. What it Looks Like
  10. 10. • Syrup (National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)) • http://www.drugabuse.gov/drugs-abuse/commonly-abused- drugs/commonly-abused-drugs-chart
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