Drugs an issue on Campus

By: A. Renee

Lincoln University– Students at Lincoln University may not be too keen on the use of Sizzurp as famous rapper, Lil Wayne, who was recently hospitalized, was, but they aren’t drug free.

Chief Larry Woods, director of Public Safety said he wouldn’t put it past people, especially college students if they drank codeine which is in the drink.

Sizzurp has been mentioned in rappers lyrics, it contains cough syrup and alcohol combined. Lil Wayne’s inspiration for starting this was from one of his idols, Pimp C, who died of Sizzurp overdose in 2007. The drink got its name from the dyes in the cough syrup, which is mixed with a soft drink and alcohol of course.

Woods said that they have had a lot of drug violations but, marijuana was the only drug that students have been busted for.  He said, but he is sure that if everyone else does it, then they are doing it too.

“We just don’t catch them,” Woods said.

So just like Lil Wayne was inspired, do you think students are the same way, whether in college or not?

A student, who wishes to remain anonymous, said he has always been tempted to try the mixture, but when he hears about the effects of it, he backs out. He said that he thought it would be cool, just because it seemed like a trend at the time.

“I think people drink alcohol and take pills together but nothing with cough syrup,” said Trevor Smith, Junior.

According to a police report, March 16 at 12:26 a.m. a student received interim suspension for alcohol violations after campus police found him in an intoxicated state during a party; and a student in McCrary Hall was caught with a large amount of marijuana and paraphernalia.

“I heard students talk about how they would try the concoction, but I don’t know if anyone actually went through with it,” said Stephanie Stevenson, Psychology major.

George Fallieras, Emergency Room Physician and hospitalists at Good Samaritan Hospital, said codeine is an opiate, the same family of drugs as heroin and morphine and can be very addictive in high doses. Promethazine has at least anecdotally been noted to intensify the euphoric effects of codeine in the brain. Both Codeine and Promethazine are in the drink.

“There’s a misconception that codeine is a weaker formula of the same class of medicine as heroin, but the amount of codeine these guys ingest with the cough syrup is massive, it’s just the same as someone being addicted to heroin, except their not using needles, said Fallieras.

In 2008 Lil, Wayne made a comment on MTV. “Everybody wants me to stop all this and all that. It ain’t easy, feels like death in your stomach when you stop doing that, Lil’ Wayne said.

Is that how students at Lincoln feel?

Students aren’t drinking the popular Sizzurp but they are using some other substance.

Just like it was hard for Lil Wayne to stay his addiction, is it the same way for students smoking marijuana or any other drug?

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