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FDA warns of TikTok challenge tricking teens into cooking chicken at NyQuil

FDA is warning parents of a deadly new challenge on TikTok that involves children cooking chicken at NyQuil, ‘presumably to eat’. It’s the latest example of a dangerous stunt spread to young Americans by Chinese TikTok.

“A recent social media video challenge encourages people to cook chicken with NyQuil (acetaminophen, dextromethorphan, and doxylamine) or another similar over-the-counter cough and cold medication, likely to eat,” the FDA said. in a press release.

Shouzi Chew, CEO of TikTok Inc. Photographer: Christopher Goodney/Bloomberg

Three girls watch TikTok videos

Three girls watch videos (Luiza Nalimova/Getty)

“Social media trends and peer pressure can be a dangerous combination for your children and their friends, especially when they involve the misuse of medications,” the FDA added. “These video challenges, which often target young people, can harm people – and even cause death.”

Health officials went on to say that “boiling a drug can make it much more concentrated and change its properties in other ways.”

Not only can consuming chicken marinated in NyQuil be deadly, but even just inhaling the vapors can allow a large amount of medicine to enter the body and injure your lungs, according to health officials.

“Even if you don’t eat chicken, inhaling the drug vapors while cooking can cause high levels of the drug to enter your body. It could also hurt your lungs. the FDA warned. “Put simply: someone could be taking a dangerously high amount of cough and cold medicine without even realizing it.”

This latest TikTok trend comes after another challenge encountered on the Chinese-owned social media platform, which involved urging people to take high doses of the allergy drug diphenhydramine (Benadryl) to induce hallucinations, noted the FDA.

In 2020, after reports of teenagers being rushed to hospital and, in some cases, dying after participating in this challenge, the FDA issued another warning about the dangers of ingesting large doses. of diphenhydramine.

In 2021, school officials spoke out against TikTok’s “toilet challenge,” in which students were encouraged to vandalize school bathrooms.

As Breitbart News reported at the time:

The ‘bathroom challenge’ trend, also known as ‘sneaky licks’, reportedly involves videos depicting vandalism of trophy cases, hallways and classrooms, as well as the theft of fire extinguishers, school signs and other goods.

At a Connecticut school, a Smart Board was unscrewed from a wall, Rabinowitz said.

The chief state superintendent added that teachers and administrators are already facing additional precautions implemented in response to the Chinese coronavirus, and don’t need the added headache of monitoring bathrooms and to respond to vandalism.

Breitbart News will continue reporting on China’s TikTok

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