Is the increasing prevalence of the so-called "purple drank" -- a recreational drug beverage containing prescription-strength cough syrup, 7Up and Jolly Rancher candy that has been linked to recent arrests of a pair of NFL players -- becoming a serious problem in athlete culture? If so, what should be done about it?
Purple drank abuse has run rampant through hip-hop and athlete culture for years, and despite the fact that it's only now garnering mainstream media attention, the NFL needs to act now to curb prescription drug addiction and abuse.
Posted by Richard Boadu & Claude Clayborne, on July 22, 2010 3:33 PM
Prescription drug abuse and addiction is on the rise across the United States and codeine -- the key ingredient in "purple drank" -- is one of a number of recreational prescription drugs that needs to be more closely controlled.
Posted by Dr. Matthew Prowler, on July 20, 2010 1:32 PM
Purple drank is more prevalent in hip-hop culture than athlete culture, and while it's use is something sports leagues should be aware of, at this point it's not nearly as big of a concern as performance enhancing drugs.
Posted by Robert Littal, on July 20, 2010 12:23 PM
Purple drank is simply the latest recreational drug of choice for athletes looking for something to do during down time. Hopefully recent suspensions levied by the league will limit its use going forward.
Posted by Anthony Stalter, on July 20, 2010 10:52 AM
The increasing presence of purple drank in hip-hop culture and rap music coupled with its rapid excretion from the body which masks detection in drug testing has led to a growing problem of codeine abuse in the NFL.
Posted by Dr. Mark Adickes, on July 20, 2010 12:40 AM