Drug called Lean gains popularity among kids

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by Erin Kennedy

azfamily.com

Posted on September 17, 2013 at 3:58 PM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 17 at 4:00 PM

PHOENIX -- A street drug called “Lean” is gaining popularity among children and creating health concerns of medicine abuse.

“Lean” is a concoction of Sprite, cough syrup, and Jolly Ranchers. According to new reports, two-time NBA champion Lamar Odom is allegedly abusing the drug.

“What Lean is, is an old drug with a new twist,” said Shelly Mowrey, communications director of drugfreeaz.org, on Good Morning Arizona Tuesday.

Cough medicines commonly used to make Lean contain dextromethorphan, which can produce a hallucinogenic high for children, Mowrey said.

There are some precautions parents can take to protect their kids from the drug. Getting rid of unused or expired medications in the home can help prevent abuse.

Even if your child may not be taking Lean, it is important to still take precautions for kids’ friends and neighbors who have access to the medicine cabinet.

Warning labels on various medications now advise parents to be aware of possible drug abuse.

“This has become such a big problem that manufacturers have taken notice to say we need to stop this medicine abuse,” Mowrey said.

To learn more about medicine abuse, visit: medicineabuseproject.org.

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