Rich Homie Quan: I'm Not a Drug Addict

Atlanta rapper denies codeine consumption caused his seizures. 

Posted: 05/08/2014 03:29 PM EDT
Rich Homie Quan

Rich Homie Quan denies that drugs played a part in his medical emergency Tuesday night (May 6). Quan was shooting a video with Compton rapper Problem when he suffered two seizures and hit his head. He was rushed to an area hospital.

TMZ reported that Quan was binging on codeine, aka "lean," before the seizures. The story ran with a photo of the 24-year-old and friends holding double styrofoam cups, which typically are used to consume codeine.  

According to the "Type of Way" rapper, he's not addicted to "anything," drugs included. "I just want to thank my fans and everyone who has called concerned about me," he said. "I want to clear up two things, after being in three states in three days, up early having to shoot my video for 'Walk Thru' and even sleeping in between scenes on top of filming in this humid Atlanta heat, I fainted and hit my head."

He clarified that he's not claiming that he's never done anything that might cause concern, but definitely wasn't that day. "It's no secret that I do turn up, I don't deny that, but I'm not addicted to anything, including drugs, nor was I leaning at the shoot," he said. "The media is gonna put fake stories out there, but I just want to let my fans know that I'm good and recovering. The second thing is, I promised I will never stop going in and I mean that."

Seizures, shallow breathing, hallucinations, nauseau, constipation and sweating are just some of the many side effects of the drug that has crippled the rap world over the years.  

Even after UGK member Pimp C died from an accidental codeine overdose in 2008, rappers couldn't stop themselves from doubling-up their cups, as well as spitting rap odes to the purple concoction. Lil Wayne, Soulja Boy and Gucci Mane are a few of the artists who have admitted to using the powerful narcotic.

Last year Wayne suffered back-to-back seizures, as did Rick Ross in 2012. Neither have said that codeine was a factor, attributing the health scares to epilepsy and exhaustion, respectively. 

In April of this year, pharmaceutical company Actavis announced that it will "cease all production and sales of its promethazine codeine product."     

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