A cough syrup which has been allegedly a drug of choice for various musicians including Justin Bieber and Soulja Boy will no longer be made available due to the negative connotation musicians have established for it.
TMZ reports Actavis, the company which produces and sells the "highly-refined cough syrup" has decided the negative attention is too much. "Given (recent media attention), Actavis has made the bold and unprecedented decision to cease all production and sales of its Promethazine Codeine product. "This attention has glamorized the unlawful and dangerous use of the product, which is contrary to its approved indication.
The street value of the drug, sold in pint-sized bottles, retails for approximately $800. However sources told TMZ the company's decision to cease production will cause the remaining amount of product to increase in value dramatically. Earlier this week Soulja Boy reportedly posted a photo of six bottles of Actavis and said, "Soulja got the juice. They say the streets dry. I say you gotta be kiddin me. I serve everybody."
The Daily Mail reports the drink is made mixing the cough syrup with soda pop, often Sprite or Mountain Dew along with Jolly Rancher candy to give it a sweeter taste. The drink causes a quick high and can lead to hallucinations and drowsiness. The amount in each drink or serving is 25 times the recommended amount of promethazine and codeine.
Bieber and Soulja Boy aren't the first musicians connected with the drug. Last year Lil Wayne collapsed and suffered seizures after large amounts of codeine were allegedly found in his system at Los Angeles' Cedars Sinai Hospital. Lil Wayne also wrote a song entitled "Me And My Drink" about the drug.
In January police found four to five empty codeine bottles and several styrofoam cups reportedly used for "Sizzurp" in Bieber's California home after deputies search the premises.
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Bieber's Most Troublesome Moments
Justin had his first, very public, run in with the paps when he <a href="http://www.thehollywoodgossip.com/2011/03/justin-bieber-to-paparazzi-eff-you/" target="_blank">stuck his middle finger up to their cameras</a> (and thus the world).
Justin felt the effect of his first paternity suit. He was accused of being the father of a 4-month-old baby boy with Mariah Yeater, but complied with a paternity test and proved his ‘innocence’.
It may not sound like a big deal, but in May 2012 a definitely-not-21-year-old Justin confessed to “having a beer” for the first time. Two years later, and he's pretty much a regular in nightclubs (and stripclubs) around the world. In the same month, he also got into an altercation with a tabloid snapper, who reportedly blocked his car in when he left a cinema with Selena.
Justin's love of fast cars took a turn for the worse as he was accused of 'reckless driving'. He called 991 to complain about paparazzi chasing him but it turned out he wasn't so innocent himself. <a href="http://hollywoodlife.com/2012/07/06/justin-bieber-speeding-ticket-pulled-over-cops-driving-fisker-karma-paparrazi/" target="_blank">“Bieber was driving like a maniac. He was weaving in and out of traffic. There was hardly any space between cars as he weaved from lane to lane,”</a> an eyewitness, who just happens to be L.A. City Councilman Dennis Zine, said.
This image provided by the California Department of Motor Vehicles shows Christopher Guerra, the 29-year-old photographer who was struck and killed while trying to take photos of Justin Bieber's white Ferrari on Tuesday 1 January. Christopher's death spurred renewed debate over the dangers paparazzi can bring on themselves and the celebrities they chase. Justin wasn’t driving his car at the time but it was no doubt a disturbing shock. In the same month, Justin was caught smoking a suspicious looking roll-up cigarette in a pic on a camera phone.
The O2 was forced to apologise to young fans after Justin was nearly two hours late on stage for his opening night at the venue. He failed to start his performance until nearly 10.30pm, which resulted in hundreds of fans and parents taking to Twitter to vent their anger. It was a school night, for heavens sake!
7 March 2013
It all began getting a little 'Michael Jackson' when Justin donned a gas mask (natch) to go out for dinner at Mr Chow in London. The next day he was rushed to hospital after suffering breathing difficulties on stage at London's O2 Arena. Surely the two can‘t have been related?
Justin shocked monkeys, fans and animal rights activists when he abandoned his adorable monkey, Mally. The Capuchin monkey was seized by Munich customs when Bieber arrived in Germany as part of his world tour last month, as he did not have the correct paperwork. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/04/23/justin-bieber-monkey-mally_n_3139497.html" target="_blank">Justin then apparently decided he didn't want him back.</a>
We really started to worry about Justin's ego when he speculated that teen Holocaust victim Anne Frank could have been a "Belieber" if she had survived the Nazis. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/04/14/justin-bieber-hopes-anne-_n_3080439.html" target="_blank">A post on the official Anne Frank Facebook page described his visit to her former house: "Justin Bieber visited the Anne Frank House, together with his friends and guards.</a> "Fans were waiting outside to see a glimpse of him. He stayed more than an hour in the museum. "In our guestbook he wrote: "Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a belieber.""
Swedish police confirmed that they had found drugs on board Justin's tour bus. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/04/25/justin-bieber-drugs-tour-bus-swedish-police_n_3154851.html" target="_blank">Police raided the vehicle after an off-duty officer smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle</a> while it was parked outside the Grand Hotel in Stockholm. This was just the first of many tour bus raids.
17 July 2013
An Ohio DJ claimed Justin spat in his face while at a nightclub. According to the story reported by TMZ, the pop singer thought the man was taking photos of him. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/17/justin-bieber-spitting_n_3612817.html" target="_blank">The DJ who accused Justin of spitting in his face, Addison Ulhaq, filed a police report against the singer, according to TMZ.</a> He claims he got tested for Hepatitis because the incident left him with saliva in his eye, nose and mouth.
5 August 2013
Justin was filmed climbing over a car during a nightclub brawl in The Hamptons, New York. The 'Baby' singer came under investigation by the NYPD following the fight at the South Pointe venue in the early hours. 22-year-old Wayne Rennalls was hospitalised after the altercation and suffered a black eye, bruised ribs and a cut lip. He later filed an assault claim. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/08/08/justin-bieber-hamptons-nightclub-fight-video_n_3724158.html" target="_blank">Footage showed Justin at the scene, however his rep told the New York Daily News: “Justin was not involved in any altercation.”</a> The bust up is said to have started in the roped-off VIP area - where the 19-year-old was seated with his entourage - but ended up in the club's car park.
3 November 2013
Justin was reportedly smuggled out of a brothel in Brazil during some time off from his tour in the country. According to New York Post's Page Six, the 19-year-old singer and a friend spent three hours in the Centauros brothel in Rio de Janeiro.
5 December 2013
Justin's potty mouth landed him in a whole load of trouble when his entourage was detained at Brisbane International Airport in Australia on suspicion of smuggling drugs. Beebs was given a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/12/06/justin-bieber-drugs-brisbane-australia_n_4396840.html" target="_blank">verbal warning for using “inappropriate language” following a conversation with a female customs officer, The Sydney Daily Telegraph report</a>ed. He had allegedly refused to remove his hat and sunglasses during an inspection and also used insulting language toward the officer. Police had to threaten to arrest him, the newspaper said.
14 January 2014
Move over spurned violinist on Britain's Got Talent, Justin had his own egg-gate when he allegedly egged his neighbour's house, causing $20,000 worth of damage. <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/01/14/cops-raid-justin-bieber-house-egg-attack_n_4596249.html?just_reloaded=1" target="_blank">Justin was detained in his garage while police with a "felony search warrant" looked for evidence in his home</a> They then arrested his friend Lil Za for cocaine possession during the raid. Bieber has not been connected to the cocaine, but he has been neither charged nor exonerated in the egg incident that promoted the search warrant.
23 January 2014
All of Justin's troublesome behaviour culminated when he was arrested in Miami Beach for driving under the influence and drag racing. The Miami Beach Police released what is possibly the happiest-looking mugshot in Hollywood's Hall of Shame.
24 January 2014
Justin didn't forget his admiring teenage fans as he left jail following his arrest for DUI and drag racing. The 19-year-old, wearing a black hoody and dark shades, climbed on top of a waiting black SUV outside the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center in Miami to greet his fans before being driven away. And in the process angered a whole load more people.
30 January 2014
Justin landed himself in even MORE trouble after being charged with assaulting a limo driver. The singer handed himself in at a Toronto police station, where he was mobbed by fans and TV crews. According to the Toronto Police service, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/01/30/justin-bieber-charged-assault-limo-driver_n_4693256.html?utm_hp_ref=uk-justin-bieber" target="_blank">he will now appear in court on 11 March in connection with the incident, which saw him hit the driver in the back of the head several times last December.</a>
5 February 2014
Pilots hired by Justin Bieber <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/02/05/justin-bieber-plane-jet-smoking-weed-oxygen-masks_n_4729451.html?utm_hp_ref=uk-justin-bieber" target="_blank">to fly him to the Super Bowl have revealed they had to wear oxygen masks to overcome marijuana fumes on the flight.</a> An official report into the incident also revealed how the troubled teen and his father were “extremely abusive” to a flight attendant.
27 February 2014
After his arrest footage then emerged of <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/02/27/justin-bieber-arrest-video-singer-stumbles-sobriety-test-pushups-cell-_n_4864217.html?utm_hp_ref=uk-justin-bieber" target="_blank">Justin appearing to sway and stumble as he attempted to walk in a straight line for a sobriety test.</a> The film was shot at a south Florida police station following his DUI arrest in January and reveals the 19-year-old singer also dropping to the ground to do pushups.
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