Rapper Lil Wayne is apparently out of ICU, after apparently overdosing on “lean,” the same alleged drug-of-choice of deceased Florida teen Trayvon Martin:
Sizzurp, purple drank, lean — that cough-syrup-laced concoction of many names — has been gaining popularity in hip hop culture and notoriety as more celebrities fall prey to its effects. Rapper Lil Wayne was hospitalized at Cedars-Sinai last week, reportedly linked to use of the prescription-strength medication.
The codeine in the medicine serves as a pain reliever and also suppresses coughing, said Dr. George Fallieras, an emergency room physician and hospitalist at Good Samaritan Hospital. A second drug in the cough syrup, known as promethazine, is used as an antihistamine and commonly used to treat motion sickness and nausea. It’s also a bit of a sedative — employed partly to keep people from drinking too much of the stuff.
Taken over long periods of time, it causes a fatty liver (consistent with Trayvon Martin’s autopsy) and can lead to violent psychotic breaks. After he started an altercation with George Zimmerman, Martin was shot and killed, allegedly in self defense after he kept attempting to smash Zimmerman’s head on a concrete sidewalk.
Recovered from Martin’s body were an Arizona Watermelon cocktail (not iced tea as consistently told incorrectly by the media) and Skittles, which Martin alleged said in one of his social media accounts was 2/3s of his favorite mix of “lean,” missing only the cough syrup he presumably had waiting back at the Sanford, FL apartment he to which he was returning when he attracted neighborhood watchman’s Zimmerman’s attention.
A dubious, politically and seemingly racially-motivated 2nd degree murder case against Zimmerman now seems to be falling apart, as the prosecution’s star witness has be accused of perjury in her testimony regarding the case.