A warning for parents about a drug cocktail growing in popularity among teens. It's called a "Dirty Sprite" or "Lean" -- among other names.
Teenagers are now experimenting with a drug cocktail that is made by mixing sprite, candy (Jolly Ranchers), and prescription medications including things like cough syrup with codeine, or crushed pain killer pills. In the teen population, this dangerous new mixture goes by names like Dirty Sprite, Lean, Purple Drank, and Sizzurp. Because the concoction, which has been popularized in music, includes prescription medications it can be addictive and deadly.
Behavioral specialists say about a third of kids screened have already tried the possibly poisonous mix. Medical professionals warn that the side effects of drinking this cocktail include hallucinations, rage, psychosis, and even death. Because teenagers are developmentally at a place where they feel invincible and invulnerable, they are especially prone to try drugs, thinking nothing can happen to them.
The key is for parents to get on their kids level. Do some research about these trends and talk to them. Step in before someone else does. They are going to find out what this is and they are going to hear about it from their friends...just as much as they hear about the latest movies. As you have heard from us over and over again, COMMUNICATE with your teen! Please take a moment and have a conversation with your child and warn them about this dangerous trend. Adults are also encouraged to lock-up or dispose old prescription medications (contact the Porter County Substance Abuse Council) to prevent kids from accessing them.
The following information is provided by the Porter County Substance Abuse Council:
SIGNS YOUR TEEN IS USING DRUGS OR ALCOHOL & HELPFUL TIPS
For more information:
Porter County Substance Abuse Council
254 S. Morgan - Valparaiso, IN 46383
Phone: (219) 462-0946
Fax: (219) 465-3856
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A Positive Approach to Teen Health (P.A.T.H) is a 501(c)3 organization that reaches seven counties throughout Northwest Indiana. Since 1993, A Positive Approach to Teen Health has been working to empower teens to make healthy choices regarding drugs, sex, alcohol, and violence.