“Downer” Drinks Causing Concern

 An anti-energy beverage named Drank is raising red flags with mental health experts who say the purple beverage is marketed to mimic homemade cough syrup drinks known as “purple drank.”

Several Dallas groups are trying to influence retailers — mostly convenience stores — to stop selling the beverage, which they say serves as a gateway drug for abusing cough syrup.

 According to the Dallas Morning News, Drank contains the hormone melatonin. Dr. Gregory Carter, clinical associate professor of neurology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, told the paper that the 1 milligram of melatonin in Drank is enough to make someone drowsy.

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