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Lean / Purple Drank / Syrup

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Lean, also known as Purple Drank, Barre, Sizzurp or Syrup is a drink from the USA (although made around the world) made from a cough syrup that contains two drugs, codeine and promethazine. The syrup is then mixed with a fizzy drink and sometimes a sweet to cover up the taste of the medicine to make a purple cocktail. This factsheet from Drug Watch UK explains what this drug is, the effects, and the risks.

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