Was Trayvon Martin High On “Purple Drank”?

Some call it “lean”:

Purple drank is a slang term for a recreational drug popular in the hip hop community in the southern United States, originating in Houston, Texas. Its main ingredient is prescription-strength cough syrup containing codeine and promethazine. Cough syrup is typically mixed with ingredients such as Sprite soft drink or Mountain Dew and pieces of Jolly Rancher candy. The purplish hue of purple drank comes from dyes in the cough syrup. There are numerous slang terms for purple drank, including sizzurp, lean, syrup, drank, barre, purple jelly and Texas tea.

The most popular type of codeine syrup is promethazine-codeine, a prescription cough syrup. The active ingredients are codeine, a narcotic, and the antihistamine medication promethazine. When taken in large quantities, both medications can lead to sedation and altered levels of consciousness. The addition of these antihistamines is intended to deter abuse at high doses (doses higher than recommended can produce extreme somnolence or weakness, and may even cause fatal respiratory depression). In lower doses, these potentiate the opiates.

Prescription cough syrups containing hydrocodone are also used to make the drink, though they are less popular. Songs like “Sippin’ on Some Syrup” by Three 6 Mafia refer to Tussionex, a yellow cough syrup containing extended-release hydrocodone and chlorpheniramine (another antihistamine).

Other hydrocodone-containing syrups such as Histinex HC, Hycotuss, and Hycodan may also be used but have the addition of atropine to deter abuse. Syrup also is made with over-the-counter cough syrups such as Robitussin DM, which contain dextromethorphan as the cough suppressant. Although dextromethorphan is used recreationally, it has dissociative effects as opposed to narcotic.

Dextromethorphan is a synthetic morphine analog[citation needed] that has been on the market in the United States since the 1960s. It is a cough suppressant in small doses, but in large doses it can result in a disassociative state, with hallucinations, similar to that produced by PCP or ketamine.

Via Wikipedia.

I had never hear of it until I saw this Ace of Spades post this morning:

I remember hearing about ‘Robo-ing’ in college but based on my experiences with DM-based cough syrups while sick I figured that it would just make you super sleepy and dopey – which didn’t sound all that appealing.

But apparently at higher dosages dextromethorphan begins to act more like PCP or ketamine. And there seems to be some pretty good evidence from Facebook posts that Trayvon was a regular user of ‘lean’ which could explain a lot about his behavior and actions that night.

Blogger Bob Owens opines:

One of the recipes for “lean” calls for using Arizona Iced Tea Co.watermelon fruit juice cocktail as the beverage of choice, and Skittles candy… the items found on Trayvon Martin’s body the night he was shot by George Zimmerman.

The Conservative Treehouse has a lengthy post about the recreational drug, it’s effects and side effects, and alleged screen captures of Trayvon Martin’s social media sites discussing his fondness for the concoction.

I have no idea if the screen captures are legitimate or not, but I do find it odd that Martin family attorney Benjamin Crump described the drink as iced tea when it clearly says “watermelon fruit juice cocktail” on the can. Was that an honest mistake, or purposeful deception in an attempt to hide Trayvon’s possible drug use?

If the story is correct it seems Trayvon’s medical records and the medical examiner’s review of his body will be revisited, to see if he used the drug frequently and in a concentrated enough form to explain his apparent confusion at the convenience store that night, the odd behavior that spurred George Zimmerman to call Sanford police, and the aggression he displayed when he fought with Zimmerman.

The fact that the press has dropped the “Justice for Trayvon” seems to indicate that 1) the story of Trayvon being an angel and Zimmerman the devil is falling apart. 2) there is no political benefit in this for Obama or 3) all of the above. If Zimmerman is found innocent, he should sue for every penny that any “activist” and media outlet has and give half of what he gets to the Martin family- they still lost a son.

There is still much to learn about this case.

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32 thoughts on “Was Trayvon Martin High On “Purple Drank”?

    • Are you living in a stump somewhere deep in the woods? Go down to the corner and you can find any illegal drug you want in about 2 minutes. All you need is $.

      • No…..I can’t read. I was hanging out in a van down by the river with Steven Kage. (We thought it was cool to spell it with a K)

        CB; I’m very aware of DM’s ingredients, but I was unaware of the Kage cocktail that I may obtain at the corner. In other words, because, dear Mr. Kage lacks the intellect to expound, I discovered that DM does not contain codeine, but may be compounded with ingredients to which a particular “high” is achieved.

        Why I waste my time explaining shit to trolls I shall never know. I’m actually a really nice person. Too nice. I’m answering you, CB, because I believe you are sincere. That and the fact that I thought this thread was dead…… but if you want to play ugly. two words: Bring it. (It is my sincerest hope that you have not lost all of your brain cells as poor Mr. Kage (he did frequent the corner frequently…..if ya know what I mean, and I think that ya do.)

  1. down here in van zandt county the local paper ran a story warning of uts and druggies going to our weekend activty called garage sales or estate sales and checking out the medicine cabinets. plus didn’t trayvon know how to use tools
    to get into homes?? most often the family drugs are in the kitchen cabinet or bathroom medicine cabinet.

    • “Innocent” is not an option for any jury.”

      If this were the case, the State would not be sitting here at closing arguments begging the Judge to allow consideration for two or more various manslaughter, child abuse, murder 3 charges.

      Sadly, as with the Anthony trial, the state overshot once again, and are now flouncing.

      But you are right, with all the race baiting and threats surrounding this case … innocent isn’t an option at all.

  2. Now here people go being silly again pretending the facts and the law on the books are what matter in this case.

  3. I know it’s irrelevant, but the number of legal minds that think this trial should be acquitted is racking up. I wonder how many lawyers it takes before people start noticing something significant about this trend. I only hope that the jury makes their decision based on the evidence (or in this case, the lack of) and not based on the whimsical demands of the media and twittersphere.

  4. what the fuck does this have to do with a man profiling and following a 17 year old kid armed with SKITTLES walking back home in the rain, and killing him???????????????????????? and what happened to Trayvon’s rights and him standing HIS ground??!!!! the fact that a man who wanted to be a cop and was armed with a gun couldn’t defend himself from a teenager besides shooting him in the heart is UNREAL. self defense my fucking ass!

    • “what happened to Trayvon’s rights and him standing HIS ground??”

      That’s really the crux of the argument. The defendant asserts that Trayvon gave up his rights when he mounted up on Zimmerman and bounced his head off concrete a few times.

      And this is why we have trials, witness, and juries. Stay tuned …

      • would you feel differently if you knew that TM was getting buzzed, liked to fight….and then what if they found jewelry in Trayvon’s possession that came from burglaries in that neighborhood. He wasn’t an angel, but George was wrong. The police said “we don’t need you to follow him” – end of story. He wasn’t preventing a crime, he was stalking TM and Trayvon kicked his ass. You don’t shoot somebody for busting your nose. You run home hurt, or to the hospital. Then you tell the police you “confronted” this guy in a hoodie doing nothing. No wonder he smacked your ass!

      • This from the interview Zimmerman had with Sanford detectives Serino and Singleton….
        Serino: That’s why we’re here today. Once again, these can be interpreted as capillary-type cuts or whatever, lacerations, uh, not really, um, coinciding with being slammed hard into the ground. OK? That’s skull fractures is you happen with that. I’ve seen ‘em all, you know.”

        Serino: Listen, it’s not a guarantee, but like I said a strong possibility, I’m hoping myself. OK. Another thing too as far as 25 and 30 punches, I’ve consulted with a lot of people, not quite consistent with your injuries.

        Serino: And the only thing that you don’t have is the authority to go ahead and do the stop legally. You follow, I mean…
        Zimmerman: Sure
        Serino: You’re working under the color of an absolutely private citizen.
        Zimmerman: Yes, sir.
        Serino: And, but then again, we can make citizens’ arrests all day long. I mean, for felonies. Problem was that this child wasn’t committing a felony at the time. He was just walking.

        See? Even the cops did not believe Zimmermans BS story.

      • Unsan said “Better stay in your house. You pick a fight with a crazy ass cracker this is what you’ll get…”:

        The thing is, Mr. Zimmerman is Hispanic, not a “cracker”.

    • Martin could have kept walking to his Dad’s house. If he thought he was in danger, he could have dialed 911. When approached by Zimmerman, he could have said “I’m going back to my Dad’s house”. Instead, he thought he was a tough guy and decided to pick a fight he subsequently lost. Gotta love that “thug life”.

    • Trayvon was armed with fists and was pummeling Zimmerman from a “ground & pound” type position of advantage. In MMA, the referee usually stops the fight as soon as that begin. There was no referee and Trayvon was a 17 year old who was almost 6 feet tall, no the cherub in the Hollister shirt. His drug-induced state may have increased his power and decreased his restraint. And the testimony from the only living person is that Trayvon was out of danger but jumped back in to fight. There are a lot of ins and outs, and no court of law should consider absolute guilt in such a case.

        • With a single pull of the trigger. I think Zimmerman had a “WTF moment” when he realized he’d fired his legally purchased, legally owned, and legally used pistol. I can only think that Martin sat up, and both realized what had happened. I know that if I were in George’s place, the magazine would have been damned near emptied…

          • I agree. When faced with imminent death or the fear of same, just shooting once is dumb, because if you missed or did not severely wound him enough, you can have your firearm taken from you and used on you.

    • No. You are incorrect. Mr. Martin didn’t have a leg to stand on. If witnesses or forensic evidence showed that Mr. Zimmerman had his firearm out and threatening Mr. Martin, that would be a different story. However, there was no such evidence. The only evidence was for a racist Mr. Martin (proved by his girlfriend), violently attacking without reason someone he thought was white, and apparently beating him enough that Mr. Zimmerman decided to draw his firearm and shoot to defend himself. It is not lawful for Mr. Martin to have attacked Mr. Zimmerman the way he did. Mr. Martin could have easily evaded Mr. Zimmerman, and he would still be alive to take his dose of “lean” and smoke weed.

    • The law is very specific about standing your ground. Deliberately punching a smaller individual in the nose and then throwing him to the ground and beating his head into the ground is not what the Stand Your Ground defense is about.

  5. David above said it best…why didn’t Trayvon just take his hood off and say Hi, I’m Trayvon & I’m staying with my dad’s fiance for awhile. He acted like a thug and, consequently, was treated like a thug.

    • Tere, Trayvon approached zimmerman’s truck and asked , ok shouted WTF! He never got closer than a car length (Zimmerman testimony to cops corroborate this. Zimmerman did not roll down his window andd explain who he was; it would have ended right there, but Zimmerman sat there and said nothing. That is when Trayvon ran off, and Zimmerman got out of the truck…Again here is Z’s testimony to the Sanford police….

      Serino: How close to your car did he get?
      Zimmerman: (sighs) Maybe a car length.
      Serino: What do you think set him off?
      Zimmerman: I don’t know.
      Serino: Had he been a goon, a bad kid, 2 thumbs up, you know. No, he don’t make, he don’t, he does not fit the profile of what occurred. Which is another, um, unfortunate thing that we got going on here.
      Singleton: Um, I still, I still don’t understand, when he walked up to your car, why didn’t you say anything to him?
      Zimmerman: I guess fear. I didn’t want to confront him. He seemed…
      Singleton: You were afraid of him?
      Zimmerman: Yes, ma’am.
      Singleton: Then does, do you say he ran?
      Zimmerman: Yes.

      Z failed to identify himself when he had the chance, and Trayvon an from him!

  6. In the store’s security camera video which has since gone viral, the thug, Martin, does not walk from the counter directly out of the store as anyone having just made an ordinary purchase would. Instead, he walks back into the merchandise displays near the medicine aisle before noticing the suspicious look from the clerk and, only then, choosing to leave the store. To the trained eye of someone who has installed and monitored anti-shoplifting cameras, it appears that Martin briefly evaluated his chances of getting away with shoplifting some cough syrup (about $10 per bottle at most convenience stores versus $7 at an ordinary pharmacy or supermarket) and decided that the planned theft would be too risky.

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  8. There’s not a medicine aisle in a 7-11, and certainly no medicine in the 7-11 that would have anything he could use for some narcotic, numbskull.

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