SA’s new addiction

2018-11-27 06:01
PHOTO: phindile shoziThe painkillers that contain codeine and sprite which they use for their own reasons and purpose.

PHOTO: phindile shoziThe painkillers that contain codeine and sprite which they use for their own reasons and purpose.

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A new trend has been going around communities where teenagers mix medication that contains codeine with fizzy cooldrinks in order to get “high or drunk”.

The trend started in USA where it was given the name “Purple Drank”.

Now the popularity of this “purple drank” has escalated to other countries, including South African communities where youngsters have embraced this new way to get drunk without having to contend with age-restricted shops.

A 17-year-old boy from Waterfall who asked not to be named confirmed that he has made the “purple drank” and enjoys drinking it with his friends.

“I first saw the purple drank in a music video and I thought it was the good thing to try out.

“When I had a cough, my mom bought me a cough syrup that contained codeine. I saw a chance to try out the stuff (purple drank) and I’ve been hooked ever since,” he explained.

“My parents have never found out because I would buy the cough syrup myself as if I had a cough, but now it’s easy because you really don’t need the cough syrup with codeine because you can now use anything which contains codeine to reach the point you want,” he said.

General Practitioner Dr Siphesihle Dlamini confirmed that there are many medications that contain codeine besides cough syrups.

“They are even using the pills now, anything that contains codeine, they are using it for their own reasons and purpose,” he said.

He urged those that are addicted to this “purple drank” to get help.

To comment on this article email phindile.shozi@media24.com or kalisha.naicker@media24.com

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