Lean is a popular drink among young adults that mixes cough syrup containing codeine and promethazine with hard candy and lemon-lime soda. It is also known as purple drank, sizzurp, schoolboy, and T-three’s (Tylenol #3 with codeine). When abused, this combination of substances can produce feelings of euphoria and relaxation, and it may lead to mood changes and sleepiness. Despite the sedative effects, lean abuse is dangerous and can cause numerous short-term and long-term health problems.
How Long Does Codeine Stay in the System?
Generally speaking, one of the main ingredients in lean—codeine—can be detected for up to 48 hours in urine, saliva, and blood. However, if someone is regularly abusing codeine and has developed a tolerance to it, the drug could remain in their system for up to 21 hours in urine and 10 weeks in hair. Various factors can influence how long drugs stay in the body, including age, weight, and frequency of use.
People who consume lean often combine it with marijuana, a process known as “purple weed.” This practice can increase the recreational and medical effects of each substance. However, it can also cause a more pronounced impairment of motor skills and judgment. In some cases, the effects of mixing lean with weed can be life-threatening.
Using lean over an extended period can result in addiction and even death. If you or a loved one is displaying signs of addiction to lean, seek treatment immediately. Professional care, such as inpatient or residential care, is necessary to help you overcome this addiction and start the journey toward recovery.