Amarillo, TX - A growing trend called, "dirty sprite" has been gaining a lot of attention with teens.
The concept has been around for at least a decade, where teens were adding cough syrup with codeine to soda but recently teens started adding prescription medications.
The ingredients to make the drug cocktail called, "dirty sprite" are candy, soda and prescription medications.These drug cocktails are also known as "lean," "sizzurp," or "purple drank."
Poison Control reports many teens come up with these new drug doses to mask what they are really feeling and or going through and some just want to get a high. But Dr. Jaramillo says the teens do not realize the side effects that can be scary. "Causing anything from hallucinations and psychotic behavior up to respiratory depression to death." says Dr. Jaramillo.
Parents should be aware what their children have in their bedroom and make sure to always get rid of or lock away unused medications. The project director for Impact Futures says it's never too early to talk to your children about drugs."The best thing to do is prevent so start talking to them right now," says LaViza Matthews.
"We need them to clean out their medicine cabinets, don't keep even cough syrups over the counter, they can be abused so keep those medicines cleaned out," says Dr. Jaramillo."Anything that's going to keep you from being the best that you can be, then that negative influence is what you need to stay away from or that you need to stay above," says Matthews.