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Big Island Police Blame “Crunk” Overdoses in Four Deaths Since 2009

I had never heard of the term “Crunk” until this morning when I learned that Big Island Police have blamed being “Crunk” on four deaths since 1991.

Crunk: This is a verb that means to get high and drunk at the same time.

KCTV5 out of Arizona reported:

“…In January, a Hawaii man, Chucky Dias Oliveira made the headlines after he died in his sleep after drinking the concoction called “Crunk.”

“When they don’t understand the dangers of it, they’re more willing to take the risk. And we see the effects of it,” Hawaii Police Dept. Det. Ian Lee Loy said.

Crunk is referred to in rap music and urban slang. It means a lot of things, including a drink that mixes soda or other beverage with an over-the-counter cough syrup and crushed prescription pain killers.

Crunk produces an intense rush that’s proven dangerous.

Leonard Feliciano, director of adolescent services with the Big Island Substance Abuse Council, said a frightening fact is Crunk is growing more popular with teenagers and kids…

They then went onto say:

“…Imagine that kind of person behind the wheel of a car, driving down the road not being able to respond to a traffic signal, or someone turning in front of them or a pedestrian,” Lee Loy said.

Big Island police blame Crunk overdoses for four deaths since 2009. The toxicology report from one of the victims shows evidence of pain pills mixed into a Crunk cocktail.


“They think because it’s prescription it must be safe. It might have a dosage that might be harmful to them,” Lee Loy said…

There is also a criminal level in being “Crunked”:

…Big Island police have linked Crunk to DUI’s and other crimes. And now it’s moved on campus. Some students are pushing pain killers.

“We’ve received information that kids in middle school and as young as elementary school are in possession of these prescription medications,” Lee Loy said…

You can read the full article here – Crunk: Deadly Over the Counter Cocktail