The Dangers of ‘Sizzurp’ and Robotripping

With all the hype about Justin Bieber’s most recent arrest for DUI, resisting arrest and drag racing, many people are not shocked – especially as the teenage heartthrob was already making news for his questionable behavior prior to this incident.

He has been linked to alcohol, marijuana and prescription drugs, but one substance that “the Biebs” has been connected with is Sizzurp – a substance that is made from the combination of both strong cough syrups (such as codeine and dextromethorphan) and soda and is drank from a Styrofoam cup.

These rumors began as paparazzi snapped photos of the half-pipe located in Bieber’s backyard, where he drew in graffiti the words “Double Cup” with a Styrofoam cup next to it. “Double Cup” references when Sizzurp has double the amount of cough syrup in it.

Sizzurp Details

Bieber is not the first celebrity to be suspected of drinking Sizzurp, as Lil’ Wayne made headlines for using it in past years. Regardless of who is using it or its prevalence, it is important to understand exactly what Sizzurp is, how it is connected to robotripping, and what dangers can be associated with use.

Sizzurp often contains narcotics that can become highly addictive. When combined with soda, energy drinks, alcohol or other substances, a user’s high can increase dramatically – and so can the risks of use. In most cases, effects include extreme euphoria, motor skill impairment, hallucinations, and more. More serious effects can include seizures and death.

Slang terms for Sizzurp include “purple drank” “lean” “syrup” “barre” and “purple jelly”. This concoction is becoming more popular amongst teenagers such as Bieber, as it is both affordable and available for purchase.

What is Robotripping?

While Sizzurp frequently involves the use of prescription strength cough suppressants, individuals can also use lesser-strength suppressants such as dextromethorphan (DXM). An individual can either drink DXM straight, or mix it with other substances like they would when using Sizzurp. Either way, some of the most common side effects of robotripping include:

  • Confusion
  • Agitation
  • Paranoia
  • Hallucinations
  • Auditory and visual changes
  • Psychological dependence
  • Lethargy
  • Loss of coordination
  • Liver damage
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Coma
  • Death

It is important to understand that use of Sizzurp (or even straight dextromethorphan) can lead to an episode of robotripping. It only takes one time robotripping to produce one or more of these dangerous effects, including death (although rare).

As we continue to watch celebrities such as Justin Bieber abuse Sizzurp and other drugs, it is critical to stay educated about the many different ways that both teens and adults are getting high so that preventative measures can be taken, and negative consequences such as jail time, relationship problems, and health effects do not occur.