Substance Abuse - Celebrities Glorify Addictive Cough Syrup Concoction

Substance Abuse - Celebrities Glorify Addictive Cough Syrup Concoction

The media and celebrities will often advertise the wrong product and people will still applaud it. They make people believe in the wrong ideals. Some celebrities such as Lil Wayne, Justin Bieber and others, have popularized a concoction known as 'sizzurp' or 'purple drank' made of cough syrup, hard candy, and sugary soft drinks like Sprite and Mountain Dew. Some of these celebrities are currently undergoing substance abuse treatment, yet for others, it's hard to admit they are not only ruining their own lives, but also setting a bad example for their fans.

The pharmaceutical company, Actavis, recently pulled their cough syrup off the market because some celebrities were sending the wrong message by endorsing the 'purple drank.' The rapturous effect of this cough syrup can be traced to ingredients such as promethazine and codeine. Codeine can have the same effect as morphine when administered in large doses. Sizzurp helps promethazine double the amount of codeine affecting the body. It can also enhance the effects of alcohol. Promethazine can cause respiratory depression. Some reports state people have died because of breathing problems. Patients can also experience convulsions and lose consciousness.

The major threat of this cough syrup mixture is that is has the potential of becoming an addictive substance. Chemical dependence is possible when this drug is consumed on a regular basis. Substance abuse is glorified by celebrities who are followed by millions worldwide via social networks such as Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Fans think it's cool to abuse an addictive substance because their idols say so.

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