The codeine cough syrup which many rappers – including Justin Bieber – use to make ‘sizzurp’ or ‘lean’ has been withdrawn from the market.
The cough syrup producers Actavis made the announcement on Wednesday in a statement to TMZ, citing widespread abuse of the drug as the reason for its withdrawal.
‘Given recent media attention, Actavis has made the bold and unprecedented decision to cease all production and sales of its Promethazine Codeine product,’ a rep for Actavis said in the statement. ‘This attention has glamorized the unlawful and dangerous use of the product, which is contrary to its approved indication.’
This is very bad news for the hip-hop world, because the main component codeine – an opioid similar to heroin – is highly addictive and causes severe withdrawal symptoms.
As ENTmania! reported, Justin Bieber has a serious sizzurp problem, and its withdrawal can cause him harm in a way drug addicts end up. Last year, Lil’Wayne nearly died from seizures reportedly triggered by drinking a lot of sizzurp.
Meanwhile, TMZ reports that many rappers are now offering their sizzurp dealers insane amounts of money for what is left of the product, with one unnamed rapper giving his dealer up to $100,000 for supplies.