(DURHAMNC) An energy drink with a controversial history has made its way to Durham stores causing a local minister to call for a national boycott.
The drink is Cocaine, a highly caffeinated energy supplement that was once banned in certain states and is still banned in some countries.
“I want to know how this product wound up in Durham and in reach of our children, “ says activist and minister Paul Scott, founder of the Black Messiah Movement.
Scott says he was outraged when he saw the product being sold at Compare Foods in Durham Forest Hill Shopping Center, a store that caters mostly to Black and Brown costumers.
According to media reports, the drink has had a controversial legal history going back to 2007 and has undergone several name and company changes over the years. It is now distributed by Hype Beverages LLC in Georgia.
Drug abuse is a very serious issue in an era of opioid addiction and Fentanyl deaths, and their marketing has made this very attractive to young people, says Scott, “If we don’t say anything they may soon be selling powdered cocaine baby formula in the hood.”
Scott is calling for a national boycott starting this Independence Day against Hype Beverages and any stores selling Cocaine.
“My fear is that this product may cause future drug addiction and you can’t be independent if you are dependent on drugs, “ says Scott.
Scott has lead boycotts against similar products in the past such as Phat Boy Malt Liquor, Pimp Juice and Legal Lean, an energy drink which mimicked the codeine and alcohol mix popular in southern Hip Hop.
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