Justin Bieber’s arrest raising awareness on teen drug

ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR)– It’s been around for years, but there are new concerns about homemade drink teenagers are using to get high. Justin Bieber’s Miami DUI arrest Thursday morning has brought it into the spotlight. It’s a homemade drink known as Sizzurp, a combination of prescription strength cough syrup, sprite, and a hard candy, like Jolly Ranchers, used to add flavor.

The codeine cough syrup is highly addictive and, at high doses, could kill you. It can also cause seizures hallucinations, memory loss, and liver damage. Sizzurp is also known by the names “lean” and “purple drank”.

Last year, the Missouri Poison Center dealt with seven Sizzurp overdoses.

The Missouri Poison Center recommends talking to your children about prescription medication and the dangers. And always clean out your medicine cabinets of old and unused medication.

For more on Sizzurp and its side effects, click here.

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