A Sacramento woman was booked into an Oregon jail for allegedly using phony prescriptions to get a codeine-laced cough syrup used in a concoction commonly called “Purple drank” or “sizzurp.”
Sirenna Guice, 20, of Sacramento was arrested by Gresham, Ore., police on Saturday when she attempted to pick up a prescription for Phenergan with codeine cough syrup at a pharmacy, according to authorities. Phenergan is a brand name for the generic promethazine and codeine.
It has been used to concoct Purple Drank, a mixture of the prescription cold medication, soda and Jolly Rancher candies.
The purple liquid is sipped until euphoria occurs, according to the Narconon International website. The combination has a sedative effect and makes a person woozy.
It is possible to take an overdose of codeine when abusing Purple Drank, resulting in an opiate overdose and death, according to Narconon.
Rapper Lil Wayne, who once praised the cocktail in verse, was hospitalized in 2013 after reportedly overdosing on sizzurp.
After the Gresham police department arrested Guice, the Washington County sheriff’s deputies contacted Guice. Investigators found more than 20 bottles of the cough syrup in the vehicle Guice was using and her hotel room, according to a sheriff’s department press release.
The street value of the prescription cough syrup was estimated at $15,000.
Deputies linked Guice to crimes at nine pharmacies in Portland, Beaverton, Gresham, Troutdale and unincorporated Washington County.
Investigators say that the arrest of Guice came after they received reports of a woman using forged prescriptions to get the cough syrup. At a Walgreens, she allegedly showed up dressed in Mickey Mouse decorated nursing scrubs.
The prescriptions were called in with doctor information and fake patient names. The woman would then pick up the cough syrup, paying with cash.
Call The Bee’s Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.