Fans suffered a scare this weekend when rumors surfaced of Chief Keef overdosing on Lean. The Glo Gang Facebook posted a message onto their account that read, “Chief Keef is in the hospital for lean overdose keep him in yall prayers.”
But Sosa took to IG to deny the incident occurred.
“Mf say they saw me overdose
“Bosses like me Dont OD. No such thing! Im finna pour a pint now give me a second
“Just poured 13 ounces of the Hardt In The Sprite. Still Got 4 PT’s Left,” he wrote on IG.
In 2013, Sosa disclosed to fans on Twitter he had given up Lean. He admitted this after a brief arrogant rant on his style of music.
“King Keef Has no Genre Nor Language #JusGloTalk Understand Or suck my Duck Oan I don’t sip lean nomo,” he wrote.
Sosa’s admission came weeks after he posted an image of himself enjoying what appeared to be Lean.
A bottle of Sprite and a cup of purple liquid are seen in the IG post. Sosa wrote a smiley face in the photo’s caption.
Lean is a drink concoction made of promethazene-codeine cough syrup, Sprite and Jolly Rancher candy.
Lean, often called “Sizzurp” or “Purple Drank” has its origins in the South after Houston producer DJ Screw popularized the beverage.
Lean, when induced, provides its user a sedated feeling. Long-term use can have deadly side effects.
DJ Screw was found dead Nov. 16, 2000 in his studio following an overdose from a combination of Lean and drugs. A toxicology report found codeine, Valium and PCP in his system.
In September, Gucci Mane revealed he was battling an addiction to Lean following an infamous Twitter rant. Gucci later professed he would be entering rehab.
“I’ve been drinking lean for 10plus years & I must admit it has destroyed me. I wanna be the first rapper to admit (cont)
I’m addicted to lean & that s— ain’t no joke. I can barely remember all the things I’ve done & said. However there’s no excuse. (Cont)
I’m currently incarcerated but I will be going to rehab because I need help. I wanna thank everyone that has stood by me (cont)
during this difficult time. Please keep me in your prayers. #GUWOP
Lil Wayne suffered complications from long-term lean use of the beverage. He was rushed to the hospital in March after suffering multiple seizures.
Dr. George Fallieras, an emergency room physician and hospitalist at Good Samaritan Hospital, said codeine is an “opiate” and is in the “same family of drugs as h—– and morphine,” according to the Los Angeles Times.
Fallieras commented codeine addiction is the same as h—– addiction, only without the needles. This is due to the large amounts of codeine Lean drinkers induce.
He further said it is difficult to overcome Lean addiction and likened codeine withdrawal to the worst flu possible.
“One patient said to me, ‘Imagine the worst flu when you’re shivering, you’re vomiting, you can’t eat, you have diarrhea, every atom in your body hurts, you can’t sleep, you lie on the floor just shivering … and multiply that times a million,’” Fallieras told the Times. “And you know if you can just take the pill or inject yourself with h—–, that it just all goes away.”