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Weld County Sheriff’s Office warns residents about influx of liquid Codeine

Posted on 06/19/2020

The Weld County Sheriff’s Office is warning the public about the recent arrival of a new controlled substance.

Earlier this month, deputies performed a traffic stop outside of Frederick. During a search of the vehicle, deputies found 12 pints of liquid Codeine.

Codeine is a prescription narcotic that falls under the opioid umbrella of drug classifications. Codeine is often prescribed for pain relief, but it’s also considered a Schedule 2 controlled substance according to state law due to the high risk for addiction and dependence. Other opioids include oxycodone, heroin and morphine.

Liquid Codeine is known on the street as “Lean,” “Sizzurp” and “Purple Drank.” A pint runs $300 to $500. One of the preferred methods of ingestion is mixing Codeine with 7UP.

Deputies think Codeine is coming to Weld County from north Denver by way of Del Camino. It’s popular among younger people in their teens through early 20s, but anyone can become dependent.

For more information about health risks associated with Codeine abuse and the signs of addiction, visit