Sipping on some syrup, AKA, the two white cups Drake’s holding.
Sri Lanka recently banned all sales of Corex D cough syrup. Why? Because people get high on it, and can also get sick and die. Mixing cough syrup (containing promethazine-codeine) with Sprite or whatever has been popularized by rappers from Houston to Toronto and, despite killing a few of them, the habit has apparently spread to SL. It’s called purple drank, sizzurp, lean, or barre, or many people just take the medicine straight. It seems pretty dodge.
Not that rappers are the cause. People get high however whenever, from eating and smoking random plants in prehistory to abusing medication now. My main exposure to the Corex D phenomenon is hearing rappers and singers talking about codeine cups and whatnot. The trend stared, in a big way, with the song Sipping On Some Syrup by southern rappers Three Six Mafia. Despite one member of
that group UGK dying from what seemed to be an overdose, the trend went on such that modern rappers like Lil Wayne are quite public about their use.
Now people have been drinking cough syrup in Sri Lanka to get high, with predictable effects:
These instructions came after five people, who had consumed excessive doses of COREX for the purpose of getting a ‘Kick’ out of it, had died and one man was admitted to the Colombo National Hospital in a serious condition. (Daily Mirror)
So now it’s banned. I didn’t even know that Sri Lankans were doing it.