WARNING MISSED: Sept 29th 2006 – Trayvon Martin Could Have Been Saved….. But No-One Noticed… He Was Just Like Thousands Of Other Children From Detached Cultural and Black Parenting

2006 ABC News

“Lean”, A New Hip High 

2006 ABC NEWS – It’s more than a drug; it’s a culture. It’s what’s known on the street as “Lean,” a highly addictive cocktail of cough syrup, [soda] cold medicine and candy — so potent it makes you “lean” over when high.

The drug first began to get attention a few years ago, when a popular Houston DJ overdosed on it. At that time, it was easy to make and easy to get, says Ron Peters, a professor at the University of Texas School of Public Health. “As far as across Texas, across also the southern part of the United States, estimates have shown that it to be at one time a pretty common drug of choice amongst kids…anywhere from ninth grade all the way up to young adults,” says Peters.

Authorities have recently tried to crack down on the drug, but while the crackdown has made it harder to get, it’s also made it easier and more profitable to traffic.

“A year and a half to two years ago the price for a pint of codeine promethazene cough syrup was about $20 and was called a deuce, and for 16 oz, which was called a PT cruiser, would go for about $120 to $125,” says Peters. “Now a pint of codeine promethazene would go for anything from about $250 all the way up to $350.”

Pharmacists, doctors and drug dealers from other states are getting into the act, says Peters.  Terrence Kiel, a player for the San Diego Chargers, was arrested this week for allegedly shipping large quantities of prescription-strength cough syrup to Texas, where Lean is most popular. He is expected to enter a plea in court next week.

Lean is so popular that it produced a Houston-based rap called screw music named after DJ Screw, who overdosed on the drug.   The music takes hip-hop beats and slows it down to a crawl, reflecting the sleepy, laid-back feeling the drug gives its users.

Screen Shot of Trayvon “Slimm” Martin’s U-Tube Channel. Notice the two remixes that Trayvon created himself.

Trayvon’s Personal ReMix from U-Tube

It was even the inspiration for a Top 10 song by the Oscar-winning group Three-Six Mafia, “Sipping on Some Syrup.” Peters says the drug and the music have grown together. “One of the studies did show that a lot of children found out about what codeine promethazene was through the music,” he says. “And some of them stated that their first time finding out about it was through the messages that were in this screw music.” But, Peters says, the music is a way to make parents and the community aware of what is happening.

He instructs parents to “always listen to some of the music some of our kids listen to,” he says.

“Whether they like or not, it can give them insight into what’s happening in their kids’ lives and open up dialogue.”

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[…]   While robo tripping is the new rage for the mainstream, we in hip-hop know that “lean,” “sizzurp” or “purple drank” has been a recreational drug popular in the southern United States (particularly Texas) for many years. Sizzurp’s main ingredient is prescription-strength cough syrup containing codeine and promethazine, typically mixed with ingredients such as Sprite or Mountain Dew and pieces of Jolly Rancher candy.

[…]  No legal distinction currently exists in the United States between medical and recreational use, sale, or purchase of cough syrup. Some states and/or store chains have implemented restrictions, such as requiring signatures for DXM sale, limiting quantities allowable for purchase, and requiring purchasers to be over the age of majority in their state. Due to its recreational use (and the fact users have be known to steal the product off shelves) many drug stores have moved DXM-containing medicine behind their counters, with some requiring the purchaser to be 18 years and over.

Watermelon Sizzurp “Lean” 

When you are 17, and ‘cool with the crew of peeps that surround you’, you can send subtle messages understood only by them about what you are up too.  If parents see it, they ignore it because it just doesn’t register.  If naive newspaper columnists see it  they misunderstand:

 Despite the fixation with sex and girls, many of his postings reveal a childish side. He tweeted a picture of Scooby Doo gummy snacks and said he loved them so much he ate them constantly for lunch. – Miami Herald

First Time Robotrippin’ ….

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30 Responses to WARNING MISSED: Sept 29th 2006 – Trayvon Martin Could Have Been Saved….. But No-One Noticed… He Was Just Like Thousands Of Other Children From Detached Cultural and Black Parenting

  1. Ash says:

    Why didn’t anyone at ABC news ever check Tray’s story further to see if maybe the “tea and skittles” were drug related?


    • Chuck says:

      It was never about whether Trayvon was innocent or guilty of attacking George Zimmerman, it’s about furthering the narrative of Trayvon being a innocent, Black male that was profiled and murdered by a White-Hispanic because of his skin color. Revealing or even hinting that he may have used drugs would be counterproductive to their goal.

      You could have the whole incident on tape, proving that Zimmerman was attacked first and acted in self-defense, and the Sharpton’s and Jackson’s of the World would continue to parrot the same racist diatribe.. Please try to refrain yourself from confusing the issue with the facts.


      • Ash says:

        Chuck, I have known since day 0ne that it was about race baiting, I guess being the age I am I remember when news outlets actually dug for facts and the real story. I was a
        young adult during the whole Watergate story so I do remember reporters actually working for a story, not having it spoon fed to them through a PR firm.

        I took a journalism/business English class in high school and was taught the story was 6 questions, who, what, when, where, why, and how. The rest was reserved for opinion pieces in the newspaper. Now you have to assume it’s an opinion piece with a bias from the start.

        I wonder if it would help at all if all middle and high schools had an assembly with parents and discussed these drugs and what to look for so that at least parents would be aware? I don’t have children in school so I don’t know what they do these days. I do remember in HS that our school had an assembly that was set up by the local police department to teach parents about the dangers of marijuana and other drugs. Back then alcohol was the drug of choice for those that wanted to get wasted in our school. That was the late 60s and I lived in the Midwest.

        Maybe local DEA or police teaching parents is a stupid idea, since so many parents don’t care anymore. After all since they have been told “it takes a village to raise a child” they are absolved of any responsibility for making sure their child is civilized and able to engage in society in a responsible way.

        I’ll stop here because my views on the lack of parenting these days gets my BP rising.

        I really feel for these children though growing up without parents, getting shuffled from home to home, no one watching over them to be sure they are safe and feel loved. I’d take them all in and adopt them all if I could. Every child deserves to be loved.

        Happy Memorial Day weekend to all the treepers!


      • howie says:

        Chuck, you get it.


    • Lulu says:

      Answer? They didn’t want to find that out.

      I heard of the drug culture definitions and googled tea and skittles. It was all there within seconds. The alternative definitions. However it also talked about the use of fruit drinks and Koolaid to slake the terrific thirst that pot causes – “cotton mouth” – and said Skittles were also a favorite munchy. There was no mention of syrup. It leaned toward MJ, not this Lean thing.


      • John G. says:

        In Trayvon’s pic of those Scooby snacks, he specifically isolated the grape ones. It does seem odd and consistent with drug use. The snacks actually contain 5 different flavors.


        • Aussie says:

          Bingo…. we have a winner. This is a good observation.

          We have all learned something. How many of us were aware of lean before this tragic event? I admit to ignorance about lean. I had no idea about this stuff.

          However, I am going to bet that Traydemark’s older half-brother knew about lean, and I am willing to bet that cousin Ronnie also knew about lean.


          • Aussie says:

            BTW I learned a little bit more when I saw an offhand remark about NyQuil. It seems that there is more than Robitussin if the kids are really desparate for a fix. According to what I read the NyQuil is first plateau stuff.

            Wow, just wow, I had no idea…. probably because I never use any of those cough medicines in the first place (I reacted to some of the ingredients in those medications and avoide them like the plague.). As a mother, though, I feel really stupid because I wonder what I have missed with my own sons.


  2. McBain says:

    I find this “lean” story very interesting and I’m glad people have taken the time to do the research…. however, I don’t see it ever making it into a courtroom unless they can prove he was under the influence that night. Trayvon could be the biggest junkie or dealer in the country but it doesn’t prove he started the fight or made Zimmerman believe his life was in danger. Same goes for Zimmerman’s possible racist remarks. He could be a racist and still have the right to self defense. I personally doubt he is a racist.

    Did anyone see Jane Velez Mitchell’s show today? There was a prosecutor on who, twice, said the police told George Zimmerman “We got this. Go home”. Mitchell didn’t even challenge that ridiculous statement. This lawyer also repeated the same, tired, mantra of “pursued” and “confronted”. Just once I’d like to see the host of one of these shows interrupt and ask…. what exactly do you mean by pursued and confronted and what evidence are you aware of that proves it happend? Crump get’s to say that all the time and no one calls him on it. People treat him and Natalie Jackson as if they are the Martin Family and, therefore, get a free pass.


    • Donnie B. says:

      “pursued and confronted ”

      I wish a reporter would ask him more about that statement too. Because if they did, they would stump him by playing the recorded statement DeeDee gave to State where she says that Trayvon asked Zimmerman why he was following him. Trayvon initiated the confrontation.


    • myopiafree says:

      Interesting point-of-view you have:
      McBain> …the fight or made Zimmerman believe his life was in danger. Same goes for Zimmerman’s possible …
      Otis> Oh, so being sucker punched in the face by “Stoner Trayvon”, (assault and battery), and begin jumped on hand having your head should “not make you fear your life is being threatened?
      Otis> What planet are you living on???


    • howie says:

      Remember Casey Anthony.


    • Aussie says:

      we have not seen the full toxicology report, but we have seen enough from the coroner’s report to put two and two together.

      In a courtroom, TM’s drug use is in fact a part of the story. What was in his blood is part of the story. GZ said he saw TM acting like he was on drugs or something. This is where this research is invaluable because it gives an insight into what might have been ingested by TM prior to him being spotted by GZ.

      The self-defense angle is important. If we are right about what TM was using, then the next step is showing that his aggression towards GZ was due to his brain impairment brought on by the drugs that he consumed, leading to what looks like paranoia at the sight of GZ sitting in his truck.

      People like that ignorant prosecutor can say what they like but if they are not referring to the facts, then they are simply wrong.


  3. Lulu says:

    More from a few years ago:
    DEA warns of soft drink-cough syrup mix
    Updated 10/19/2006 12:15 AM ET
    By Donna Leinwand, USA TODAY

    When San Diego Chargers defensive back Terrence Kiel was charged last month with illegally shipping cases of prescription cough syrup back home to East Texas, it cast a spotlight on a drug trend authorities say is spreading throughout the South and being celebrated in rap songs.

    In a statement announcing Kiel’s arrest Sept. 26, the Drug Enforcement Administration cited the rising popularity of a concoction that includes codeine-laced syrup mixed with a soft drink or sports drink. Such cocktails — known as “Lean,” “Syrup,” “Sizzurp” and “Purple Drank” — were popularized in rap mixes in the late 1990s by Robert Earl Davis Jr., a Houston disc jockey known as DJ Screw.

    Since then, some teens and young adults in East Texas and beyond have been getting high on drinks in which the key ingredient is a prescription cough suppressant that contains the opiate codeine. DEA Special Agent Doug Coleman, who tracks the drug from the agency’s headquarters in Arlington, Va., says users typically mix an ounce of the syrup with Sprite, a sports drink or a regional soft drink called Big Red, then plop in a Jolly Rancher candy and pour it over ice. The opiate produces a feeling of euphoria and causes motor skill impairment that makes users move slowly or lean over.


    • Lulu says:

      I should have mentioned that this article tracks the abuse of this drink going back to at least the late 1990s:

      Syrup drinks appeared in Pensacola, Fla., in 1999 as a social drink among drug dealers, says Pensacola police Sgt. Stephen Bauer. Pensacola’s narcotics unit recently concluded a wiretap investigation in which cocaine and marijuana dealers routinely mentioned syrup in recorded conversations, Bauer says.

      It is the belief of one person quoted that any kid who knows hip-hop knows what “syrup” is. That is chilling….


      • thefirstab says:

        I just had a rude awakening with this… my lovely girl, 16, AP student, I am so proud of her! took her to sing with choir at HS graduation tonight, and brought up this topic about “Lean” (she is way ahead of her peers in many aspects, and we have been discussing this case as it goes along) OH YEA, she KNOWS kids who do this. AT HER SCHOOL… We’re talkin All=American, God & Country around here. I don’t believe she’s into this culture, but does listen to some urban music. She couldn’t BELIEVE that Malcolm X Elementary was handing out the ingredients. .She said the local terminology is “sizzurp” or “purple drank”… geeeeez…..


        • scubachick75 says:

          Type in sizzurp into facebook search. Holy cow!


        • myopiafree says:

          You are SOOO correct. What will happen at “Malcom X” grade school, will be that, in about six months, the truth about “Stoner Martin” will full “come out”. The teachers and parents who sung the praise of “Saint Trayvon” will look like fools, idiots and hypocrites.
          You talk about “lack of respect for our wise adults”?? (Choke, choke choke). Kids are not stupid about this under-culture.


        • barbarausa says:

          I have a friend from college (30+ years ago) who realized a dream back then and joined the State Department. Her first post was to what was then still an “Eastern Bloc” country, and I remember her telling me some of the details: no matter the heartbreaking story you were hearing, the answer was “Please show me all of your papers”; coming home to her small apartment, unlocking the door and finding a cigarette butt floating in the toilet–the local authorities saying “yes, we’re watching you”; the isolation and loneliness that came with the caution against forming too close a relationship with someone local, lest they be an agent; and her colleagues who often “went Roboing” on weekends, because Robitussin could be bought in the commissary, and could be explained away in a drug test. Yes, it’s an eye opener, it’s been around a long time, and it isn’t just kids who lack enough parental supervision. And yes, horrifying.


  4. John Galt says:

    “fire ass” is apparently thug speak meaning — potent –.



  5. John Galt says:

    How appropriate: We all need somebody to LEAN on


    • myopiafree says:

      Yes, TM got “Lean” – but I think the irony is lost on this “Hoodie crowd”. It seems that when the “Hoodie” is “up”, it profoundly prevents sound waves from getting through the fabric and into the brain. [ Pardon the sarcasm. ]


  6. Jb says:

    Makes me wonder what Trayvon was asking about when the Clerk looked back and then looked back at Trayvon. Were there cough meds or just cigs in that 711 video? I have to go find it now…


  7. Raoul says:

    Trayvoning’ (Posing As A Dead Body With Skittles) Is The Coolest New Trend For Idiots (VIDEO) http://mediaite.com/a/hhrmo (Column By @JonBershad)


    • myopiafree says:

      Kids are pretty good at detecting hypocracy in adults. Maybe they are “not right”, but their actions do “send a message”, about the presumed, “Saint Trayvon”.


  8. BigZim says:

    SAD! How those Liberal-Far-Left-wing Democrats support this sort of nonsense! Allowing kids to mix Arizona Watermelon Juice with over the counter cough-syrup and Skittles? Good Grief! Is this what Obamacare is truly all about?


  9. Wraith says:

    “A year and a half to two years ago the price for a pint of codeine promethazene cough syrup was about $20 and was called a deuce, and for 16 oz, which was called a PT cruiser, would go for about $120 to $125,”

    Umm…16 oz. IS a pint. Someone has their head up their butt.


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