ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Albuquerque Police arrested two high school students with prescription pills and found out the pills can be mixed with a popular soft drink to create a buzz.
Wednesday morning police said five West Mesa students were caught skipping school.
Two of those students had a prescription bottle of nausea pills containing promethazine hydrochloride. KRQE News 13 was told those pills can be crushed and mixed with Sprite to get high, which is called leaning.
Police said Martin Valdez, 18, was one of the teens busted with the prescription meds. Police said his friend confessed that he gave him the pills. Detectives would not say how the teens got their hands on the medication.
Another variation of the soft drink high uses cough syrup, that's called "purple drank" or "sizzurp". These are terms some kids have heard before on their iPods.
"I heard it in a song," Latisha Fielder said. "It pretty much gets you drunk."
Groups like Three 6 Mafia and Li'l Wayne have songs about sizzurp. Li'l Wayne has even gotten flak about drinking it himself after another rapper is believed to have died due to the mixed drink.
"I wouldn't do it, heck no," Fielder said.
Fielder said her friends don't do it either. However, she said she knows that parents probably have no idea it's even out there.
"My mom wouldn't know anything about it," Fielder said.
Police said they're also learning about this concoction that kids are mixing to get high.
"A lot of the information we get are from the students themselves or other kids," Sgt. Trish Hoffman said. "This is not something that we're seeing on a regular basis yet."
Police said the two students with the meds were not high when they were arrested.
APS officials said all five students could be suspended for skipping class.
A local substance abuse center told News 13 a few of its clients were addicted to cough syrup but said bath salts and "spice" are more popular with teens.
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