Justin Bieber has a drug problem that has gotten serious enough that people close to him want the singer to check into rehab, according to TMZ.
The 19-year old pop superstar has developed an addiction to sizzurp, also known as lean, purple drank or syrup.
Sizzurp is prescription-strength cough syrup containing codeine and promethazine. Users mix it with Sprite or any fruit flavored soda. The concoction has been popularized in songs by artists like 2 Chainz, Lil Wayne, Beanie Sigel, Paul Wall, Chief Keef, Gucci Mane, A$AP Rocky and many more.
The side effects can be dangerous. Sizzurp has contributed to the deaths of DJ Screw and Pimp C.
TMZ reports that Bieber's behavior has become erratic. A source close to him says he is also abusing weed, alcohol and Xanax
Rapper Lil Za was arrested for felony Ecstacy and Xanax possession earlier this week during a raid by police at Bieber's Calabasas, California home. They were there looking for evidence to link Bieber to an egg throwing incident that caused $20,000 to his neighbor's home.
We'll wait and see how this situation develops. Hopefully Justin will reach out and get help if the report is accurate.