The FDA warns parents of a deadly new TikTok challenge in which children cook chicken in NyQuil, “presumably to eat”. It’s the latest example of a dangerous stunt spread among young Americans by China’s TikTok.
“A recent video challenge on social media encourages people to cook chicken in NyQuil (acetaminophen, dextromethorphan, and doxylamine) or another similar OTC cough and cold medicine, presumably to eat,” the FDA said in a press release.
“Social media trends and peer pressure can be a dangerous combination for your children and their friends, especially when it comes to drug abuse,” the FDA added. “These video challenges, often targeting young people, can harm people — and even cause death.”
The health officials went on to say that “cooking a drug can make it much more concentrated and alter its properties in other ways.”
Not only can it be deadly to consume chicken marinated in NyQuil, but even inhaling the fumes can cause a large amount of medicine to enter the body and injure your lungs, health officials say.
“Even if you don’t eat the chicken, inhaling the fumes from the medication while cooking can cause high levels of the drugs to enter your body. It can also damage your lungs.” warned the FDA. “Put simply, someone can take a dangerously high amount of the cough and cold medication without even realizing it.”
This latest TikTok trend comes after another challenge seen on China’s social media platform, urging people to take large doses of the allergy drug diphenhydramine (Benadryl) to induce hallucinations, the FDA noted.
In 2020, following reports of teens rushed to hospital and in some cases dying after participating in this challenge, the FDA again warned about the dangers of taking high doses of diphenhydramine.
In 2021, school officials spoke out against TikTok’s “bathroom challenge,” which encouraged students to vandalize school bathrooms.
As Breitbart News reported at the time:
The “bathroom challenge” trend, also known as “sly licks,” reportedly includes videos of vandalism of prize cabinets, hallways, and classrooms, as well as theft of fire extinguishers, blackboards, and other property.
At one school in Connecticut, a smart board was screwed off a wall, Rabinowitz said.
The head of state added that teachers and administrators are already dealing with additional precautions taken in response to China’s coronavirus, not needing the added headache of checking bathrooms and responding to vandalism.
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