The Doctors: Lil Wayne Hospitalized For Sizzurp Overdose
Lil Wayne was recently hospitalized and according to some celebrity news websites, he was hospitalized because he drank an almost lethal amount of sizzurp. He was kept in the hospital for six days for monitoring after he had convulsions and seizures due to the overdose but has since went on to make a recovery.
But what exactly is sizzurp?
The Doctors said sizzurp is a drink concoction that is part codeine, part promethazine and part soda and candy. Dr. Jim Sears pointed out the normal dose for either of those prescriptions is around a teaspoon but people drinking sizzurp often consume ounces at a time.
The drink can be very addictive and the side effects from either of these drugs by themselves is scary. When they are combined and consumed in extremely high doses with the intention of getting high, the results can be life threatening.
Normal Codeine Side Effects
- Feeling dizzy or drowsy
- Stomach Pain
- Mild itching or a rash
Side Effects Of Overdosing On Codeine
- Slow heart rate
- Shallow breathing
Normal Promethazine Side Effects
Dr. Travis Stork said when you combine two medications that both have side effects that can make you drowsy, those drugs are slowing down your respiratory system, which is a recipe for disaster. If you add alcohol to the mix, it can become deadly very quickly.
Poison Control Center Has 300 Calls About Sizzurp In 2012
The Doctors talked with Dr. Richard Clark, a doctor working with the San Diego Poison Control Center, who said there were 300 calls about sizzurp in the year 2012. He said people will call into the center all the time looking for advice. These people ask how much they should take before they get high or what a lethal dose will be so they can figure out how much they should drink. While Dr. Clark admits they don’t want to help these people, they walk a fine line of helping people to not abuse the drug while also not allowing them to kill themselves by taking a lethal dose.
Dr. Clark said they are hoping to use the Cure System to find out when people are “doctor shopping,” meaning they go from doctor to doctor getting prescriptions from each.
Forged Prescriptions Biggest Source Of Codeine and Promethazine
The Doctors found out that forged prescriptions are the biggest source of codeine and promethazine. They looked at pictures, which you can see in the video below, of the hundreds of bottles being smuggled around the country.
While selling cough syrup might not seem like a lucrative drug deal, these $10 bottles of cough syrup can go for $200 to $600 on the street.