New Britain man charged with forging prescription for drug used to make "purple drank"

Published on Thursday, 18 October 2018 16:51


SOUTHINGTON - A New Britain man was arrested Wednesday for allegedly forging a prescription for a potent cough medicine that is commonly mixed with a soft drink and consumed as a recreational drug.

Jeffrey Kissi, 21, allegedly picked up a prescription for promethazine with codeine last Wednesday at the pharmacy in Price Chopper, at 410 Queen St., according to the arrest warrant. He told the pharmacist he was picking up the prescription for a relative after the pharmacy had been faxed the prescription order.

The warrant does not say how the prescription was forged. Kissi, according to police, was accompanied by an unidentified man when he picked up the prescription.

According to the five-page document, Kissi told police during the investigation that he was walking into Price Chopper when he came across a homeless man who asked if he could pick up his prescription. He said he agreed. 

Police, after telling Kissi they did not believe this version of events, were then told that he received a phone call from a man he hasn't seen since the two were in middle school together. Kissi told police he agreed to pick up the man's prescription.

Police said they did not believe either account.

Promethazine with codeine is commonly mixed with a carbonated drink, and sometimes a Jolly Rancher, in doses that are much higher than what is prescribed. It is known as "purple drank" or "sizzurp" when it is consumed like this, and produces a euphoric effect that can be accompanied by drowsiness or lethargy.

Kissi faces charges of second-degree forgery, conspiracy to commit second-degree forgery, illegally obtaining drugs, conspiracy to illegally obtain drugs, possession of a controlled substance and conspiracy to commit possession of a controlled substance. He was freed on a promise to appear following his arraignment Thursday, in Bristol Superior Court. He is due back in court on Nov. 16.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or

Posted in New Britain Herald, Southington Herald on Thursday, 18 October 2018 16:51. Updated: Thursday, 18 October 2018 16:54.