Don’t cook chicken in NyQuil: FDA warns of dangerous social media challenges – Boston News, Weather, Sports

(CNN) – Want to cook chicken in NyQuil? Antihistamine overdose? Swallow detergent capsules?

While most of us would cringe in horror at such dangerous suggestions, according to the US Food and Drug Administration, teens and young adults remain vulnerable to social media dares like these.

“One social media trend that’s capitalizing on peer pressure is online video clips of people abusing non-prescription drugs, encouraging viewers to do the same. These video challenges, often aimed at teens, can harm people — and even cause death.” the FDA in a warning.

A recent challenge posted on social media encouraged people to cook chicken in a mixture of acetaminophen, dextromethorphan and doxylamine — the basic ingredients of NyQuil and some similar over-the-counter cough and cold products.

“Boiling a drug can make it much more concentrated and change its properties in other ways,” the FDA said. “Even if you don’t eat the chicken, inhaling the drug fumes from cooking could result in high levels of the drug entering your body. It could also injure your lungs.”

The agency also pointed to a TikTok challenge that dared people to hallucinate by taking large doses of the over-the-counter antihistamine diphenhydramine. Called the “Benadryl Challenge‘ the FDA cited reports of teenagers ending up in hospital emergency rooms or dying after participating.

Why are teenagers so vulnerable?

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, teenage brains are not fully developed. In fact, the prefrontal cortex, which is responsible for rational thinking, problem solving, and consequences, doesn’t fully develop until your mid-20s. That’s why teens and young adults are often impulsive and more prone to act without considering the implications, the AAP said.

“Children don’t necessarily think that detergent is a poison that can burn their throat and damage their airways. Or that misusing drugs like diphenhydramine (Benadryl) can cause serious heart problems, seizures and coma,” the AAP warned on his website.

“They will focus on the fact that a popular kid in the class did this and received hundreds of likes and comments,” reads the AAP website. “Social media rewards rude behavior, and the more rude, the greater the braggart rights.”

With social media having a massive impact on teen behavior, how can parents and caregivers keep their children from participating in such challenges?

Keep lines of communication open, the AAP suggested. Ask your teen and their friends about social media responsibilities and discuss them “calmly and without judgment” while encouraging them to think about possible negative outcomes.

“Remind your children that overdoses can occur with both over-the-counter and prescription drugs,” the FDA said. At home, keep all over-the-counter and prescription drugs safe, the agency added.

If your teen isn’t willing to talk about what they saw, ask about their friends instead: “Sometimes kids are more willing to talk about their peers than themselves,” the AAP noted.

If a child appears to have taken too many medications and is “hallucinating, cannot be woken up, has had or is having a seizure, is having trouble breathing, has collapsed, or is showing other signs of substance abuse, call 911 for immediate medical attention.” Or contact poison control at 1-800-222-1222 or online,” the FDA said.

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