At Motiv8 we are hearing an increasing amount about young people drinking 'lean'. This originates from America, mainly the rap scene, and in America is a combination of prescription strength cough medicine, soft drinks, and fruit flavoured sweets.
Here in Wiltshire things are slightly different as we have different medicines available in the UK. And every young person seems to be making lean a different way, or even worse drinking it not knowing how it was made!
The common factor though is that codeine is being used as the main ingredient.
Just because you can buy codeine over the counter does not mean it is safe. It is possible to overdose on codeine and these drinks have caused deaths.
Some have reported making lean and including alcohol in the drink. This massively increases the risk of overdose!
Please help us share the message that lean is not safe.
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