Hein Kaiser
Journalist
2 minute read
28 Aug 2021
5:00 am

‘Lean’ has everyone from rappers to housewives hooked

Hein Kaiser

The abuse of Lean leaves users with a high that lasts around three hours.

The abuse of Lean leaves users with a high that lasts around three hours. (Photo by Eric BARADAT / AFP)

It’s cooler than ever to get high, and this without getting locked up or braving Hillbrow for a fix. The codeine-infused concoction known as Lean, first popularised by hip-hop culture around 2016, has enjoyed a surge in popularity recently among both traditional users, teenagers, and now middle-aged adults impacted by lockdown. The rise in abuse has become so severe that the Norwood Community Policing Forum launched its Lean On Me campaign. Lean is a generous shot of cough syrup containing codeine in a soft drink. It apparently delivers an opioid-like out-of-body experience to users with a high that lasts around...