Experts say "Dirty Sprite" fad could be deadly

Experts say "Dirty Sprite" fad could be deadly

Over the weekend, law enforcement agencies were out across the CSRA collecting medicine as part of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

While they were out collecting drugs, officials also alerted adults to be on the lookout for a new drug trend in kids and teens.

In the past it's been called "Lean" and "Purple Drink", but now parents need to be looking for Dirty Sprite, a combination of Sprite, codeine cough syrup, crushed up prescription drugs and candy.

Cecil Caldwallader works at the Ingate Pharmacy in Aiken, and said this drug cocktail is a big concern because it could have potentially deadly results.

"Mixing drugs together or taking un-prescribed drugs is...well, you're dead," he said.

Caldwallader also said this mixing of drugs so early on can lead to even bigger problems for teens later on down the road.

"Teenagers feel like they can take it and stop whenever they want to, but it doesn't work that way. One drug leads to another drug and eventually you're hooked and it's a tough road to get off of them," Caldwallader said. 

People we talked to say the convenience factor has a lot to do with this new and scary drink combination.

"Easy access, I would guess. It's right in their house and they don't have to go out and buy anything illegal. I just think it's shocking that kids at that young of an age are already finding ways to have fun like that, there's no telling what they'll do in college," said North Augusta resident Craig Newman.

Caldwallader said the main thing adults need to is keep their medicines locked up, and keep an eye on any disappearing pills.

"It's not any different actually than having a gun in the house and having a young person around that particular item. It needs to be locked up too or controlled. So lock up your drugs," he said.

If you missed the drug take back this weekend, the Richmond County Sheriff's Office has a box in their headquarters you can drop off unused or expired prescription medicine in at 400 Walton Way.

And if you're still unsure about the proper way to dispose of prescription drugs, the DEA has rules and suggestions listed on their website.

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