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"Purple drank" a problem?

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?

Posted by Matt Brooks on July 20, 2010 12:00 AM

Codeine concoction a serious issue

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

Abuse beyond NFL

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

Southern 'sizzurp' gaining in popularity

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

Sippin' Siz-erp

The year-long suspension levied against Packers' lineman Johnny Jolly should serve as a deterrent for NFL athletes looking to get a quick fix with the purple drank.

Posted by Dawn Knight, on July 20, 2010 11:06 AM

Downtime leads to drug use

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

Is codeine abuse a problem for NFL?

Are the recent arrests of JaMarcus Russell and Johnny Jolly for codeine possession a sign that "purple drank" has become a serious substance abuse problem in the NFL?

Posted by Reader Poll, on July 20, 2010 10:18 AM

More needs to be done

The abuse of codeine in the infamous purple drank is becoming a trend in mainstream society and the NFL, where something should be done to curb its use.

Posted by Doug Farrar, on July 20, 2010 2:05 AM

Is hip-hop to thank?

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

The latest fix

Substance abuse is a constant in professional sports and purple drank is just the newest quick fix.

Posted by Dave Goldberg, on July 20, 2010 12:10 AM

Not a league-wide issue, yet

At least for now, the purple drank appears to be an isolated problem affecting JaMarcus Russell and Johnny Jolly and not an NFL-wide epidemic.

Posted by Michael Kun, on July 20, 2010 12:05 AM

More distraction than crisis

At the moment, the purple drank craze is a much less severe threat to the NFL than the impending 2011 lockout.

Posted by Michael Oriard, on July 20, 2010 12:03 AM


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