Goodbye purple drank! Specialty pharmaceutical company, Actavis has confirmed to HipHollywood that they have stopped production and sales of their promethazine codeine syrup which is a main ingredient in ‘sizzurp.’
Lil Wayne, Soulja Boy and reportedly Justin Bieber are just a few A listers who are fans of the drug, but according to Actavis, the celebrity and media glorification of the prescription drug has gotten out of control.
Actavis sent HipHollywood the following statement:
Recently, one of Actavis’ products — promethazine hydrochloride and codeine phosphate syrup, a prescription drug for the treatment of temporary relief of coughs and upper respiratory symptoms associated with allergy or the common cold — has gained significant attention in the media and elsewhere for its illegal recreational abuse. This attention has glamorized the unlawful and dangerous use of the product, which is contrary to its approved indication. This attention may place consumers at risk by minimizing the dangers of its misuse and abuse.
Given these significant concerns, Actavis has made the bold and unprecedented decision to cease all production and sales of its Promethazine Codeine product. While we regret the impact this will have on the consumers who rely on this medication for its intended use, we believe this is the responsible course of action, and serves as further evidence of our commitment to being a partner in the fight against prescription drug abuse.
Sizzurp, which is usually made by mixing the codeine and soda, is a popular topic in music as well. Lil Wayne frequently raps about the drink: “And I got xanax, percocet, promethazine with codeine,” he raps in “Rich as F*ck.”
Last year, Weezy was hospitalized for several days following a series of seizures and according to reports, the seizures were triggered by the use of promethazine codeine aka sizzurp.
On Monday, Soulja Boy posted this image on Instagram of several bottles of the Actavis drug spread out on a table.
“Soulja got the juice. They say the streets dry. I say you gotta be kiddin me. I serve everybody,” he wrote.
And in June of 2013, rapper 2 Chainz was taken into custody at the Los Angeles International Airport and charged with felony drug possession after officials found marijuana and a bottle of promethazine with codeine in the rapper’s checked bag.
It’s Litty! Migos, Jaden Smith & More Turn Up At ‘Bright’ World Premiere
Netflix definitely made sure the world premiere for their new flick Bright was lit!
Before the films stars including Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Edgar Ramierez and Noomi Rapace hit the black carpet, Migos surprised fans with a pop-up performance.
Smith’s son Jaden also rocked the packed crowd at the Regency Village Theatre in Westwood.
Artists featured on the soundtrack BRIGHT: THE ALBUM including Portugal The Man, Machine Gun Kelly, Ty Dolla $ign, Kiiara, Slushie, Grey, Dram, and Bebe Rexha also hit up the premiere.
Will also snapped some fun flicks with his son Jaden before greeting fans and speaking with reporters including HipHollywood.
He told HipHollywood that he was super excited to reunite with his Suicide Squad director David Ayer for the film, and would “work with him whenever he wants to.“
“I love his madness how he creates,” gushes Smith. “How he thinks about scenes, the way he works with actors, it’s some of the best psychological work of any director I’ve ever worked with.”
In the film Smith plays an LAPD cop in a mythical world of orcs, elves and fairies … and Ayer told us, he couldn’t think of anyone better for the role.
“We had such a good time on Suicide Squad together and this role is kind of perfect for him, it’s an edgy movie, buts it’s funny. He’s got the best sense of humor of anybody I know.”
BRIGHT debuts on Netflix December 22. Peep the newest trailer below.
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