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10/17/2014
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Today Show Worried About Cough Syrup Drink Sizzurp - Hit Run

Sizzurp is a drink that includes cough syrup (for the codeine, as opposed to the DXM) for its mind-altering effects. Today's national investigative.

I get it. It’s a drink that includes a bunch of substances (cough syrup*, candy, soda) that are generally legal, but to varying degrees also frowned upon by the kind of people who like the idea of controlling substnaces. Cough syrup, thanks to fearmongering like this, is an increasingly controlled substance already. So although Google searches for sizzurp peaked almost a year ago, when the rapper Lil Wayne’s hospitalization was linked in the press to abuse of the drink (also mentioned by Today), it’s still fresh ground for the kind of anti-drug crowd that finds “sizzurp” to be a funny name.

Ed Krayewski is an associate editor at Reason 24/7.

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Actual drug warriors have put sizzurp on their watchlists years ago. A 2006 ABC News report warning about the “culture” of sizzurp noted :

We have always been at war with cough syrup.

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Ed Krayewski| Jan. 23, 2014 5:46 pm.

Sizzurp is a drink that includes cough syrup (for the codeine, as opposed to the DXM) for its mind-altering effects. Today’s national investigative correspondent doesn’t offer any statistics on fatalities or even hospital visits for cough syrup ingestion, as a recent study on the risks of shopping carts (“estimated 530,494” injured children over 21 years) did. The story does mention a DEA report that one in ten teenagers admit (or claim!) to have used cough syrup to get high, and reports that sizzurp was “attributed in the deaths” of two rappers, DJ Screw, the Houston rapper who actually popularized the drink to a wider audience, in 2000, and Pimp C in 2007. No distinction is made that the deaths were overdoses with, in the first case, a mix of drugs, and the second, pre-existing sleep apnea.

"The Simpsons" NBC’s Today show wants to make sure you know about the sizzurps :

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