Friday Funny – Sizzurp Edition

22 03 2013

Ok – we realize that we’re taking a bit of editorial liberty with this one, and kicking someone while they’re down. It’s definitely a bit of Schadenfreude.

Evidently hip hop artist Lil’ Wayne was recently hospitalized for effects suffered from drinking too much “Sizzurp” – a cocktail of cough syrup with Codeine combined with certain other things – like Jolly Rancher hard candies and Xanex.

Here’s a choice quote from the L.A. Times article:

“Another source told US Weekly that Lil Wayne’s health problems could stem from his use of a popular drink combining cough syrup with codeine and other ingredients. ‘He drank too much Sizzurp to get a better high. He needs rehab, but he’s not close to death or anything. He’s fine and just coming down off the high.’ ”

In other articles it was stated that, as an opiate, Codeine can be as addictive as other drugs in that class, like heroin. And the detox effects can be fatal.

So perhaps none of this is exactly “Friday Funny” material, except in a kind of mean way. But, peep the image below from the LA Times – they have started inserting these ridiculous polls on EVERY news item. According to the poll of readers at the time we took the screen shot, a full 20% of readers would drink Sizzurp.

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Bath Salts – no, not “bath salts”

25 06 2012

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I recently read an interesting post over at MediaBistro on the topic of “bath salts.”

I must admit that I was confused when I first heard the report of some drug-crazed wacko in Miami who apparently chewed the face off of another similarly intoxicated homeless man, before police shot him dead. The other guy survived, sans face.

Various media sources referred to the fact that the deranged face eater was high on a drug called “bath salts.”  Indeed, there was some speculation in the media as to whether this was some kind of new drug (it is, I’ve since seen it described as being similar to synthetic cocaine), or if those nice smelling little jars of bath crystals could actually be smoked and turned one into a depraved psychopath.

The MediaBistro article says that companies in the actual bath salts industry are being maligned by the illicit drug’s unfortunate nickname. 

Incredibly, one company has received calls requesting the drug, rather than the bathing crystals!

I’d personally stay away from the drug. I read that it is similar to cocaine in some ways, but makes one prone to extreme paranoia and violence – never a good combination, but especially not when you’re not in the same reality as everyone else around you.

As Ray Manseric, keyboardist for the legendary rock band The Doors once said, “stay away from the white powder drugs, kids!”





Friday Funny – Boredom

1 06 2012

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“Hot damn, I’ve never rode in a convertible before!”

“Well I guess it’s about time then, isn’t it?  GET IN.”





Overheard at the Pharmacy

2 03 2012

I came down with a sudden and aggressive cold this week. It has really sucked – rarely do I get so ill from a common cold virus, thank God.

After staying home for two days, in bed almost all of the time, I decided to go see a doctor. He prescribed me an antibiotic, plus a bunch of other expensive shit that I don’t need – an asthma inhaler (???), cough syrup, and a nasal spray.

While the clerk at the pharmacy was helping me, a woman who had just received her prescription and walked off came back to the counter, waving the largest clear prescription bottle I’ve ever laid eyes on. She was probably in her late 50s, a white lady with darkly tanned skin and stringy blonde hair.

“Excuse me, this isn’t right,” she said, “I’m supposed to get tablets.”

“Those are tablets,” the other pharmacist said.

“No I’m supposed to get PILLS, not these things,” she answered, giving the enormous vial a shake for emphasis.  “Look at the prescription!”

Now totally distracted, the pharmacist sets aside my order and goes over to a small basket and selects a small Rx paper from a stack of several. He walks over to her and says quite loudly:

“See, it says right here – ’40mg METHADONE TABLETS’ – those are the dissolving 40mg tabs.”

“I thought it was supposed to be pills,” she says, with a sinking tone.  “These are too big to swallow.”

“If you quarter them, you can swallow them in pieces,” the pharmacist offered. “Besides, those are the only 40mg methadone tablets we sell.”

That seemed to satisfy her, as she immediately agreed, thanked him, turned and left without any further discussion.

Methadone, for those who don’t know, is a synthetic opioid prescribed sometimes as a painkiller, but more often as an anti-addictive for patients with an opioid drug dependency.

What a scene, especially since I was sick and really just trying to get the hell out of there as quickly as possible.

As soon as she left, one of the pharmacy staff uttered a few syllables (which I couldn’t quite hear) and the entire crew fell apart laughing. Apparently this was not the first time they’d had such an encounter.

“You guys are really busy today,” I said.

“We’re always this busy,” said the clerk who was helping me.

I’m sure they see this crazy crap all the time.