This New NyQuil Trend Is Endangering Teens


A viral TikTok video of a person cooking two chicken breasts in NyQuil – and eating it – quickly became a nationwide challenge – garnering a response from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

While some kids may see this “challenge” as a silly and harmless prank – the FDA issued a warning about the dangers of cooking cold-and-flu medicine and inhaling its vapors.

On top of being absolutely disgusting – here’s what else the experts had to say.

To start – this is just the latest ridiculous trend popping up on the internet.

From eating Tide PODS to taking Benadryl to “get high,” it seems there’s always some social media challenge that could potentially harm someone who attempts it.

And the NyQuil challenge is no different.

The disturbing video shows raw chicken breasts… being sauteed in green NyQuil cold medicine.

And once word got out that people were actually trying the challenge – the FDA promptly issued a warning.

The FDA reported:

“A recent social media video challenge encourages people to cook chicken in NyQuil (acetaminophen, dextromethorphan, and doxylamine) or another similar OTC cough and cold medication, presumably to eat.

The challenge sounds silly and unappetizing — and it is. But it could also be very unsafe.

Boiling a medication can make it much more concentrated and change its properties in other ways. Even if you don’t eat the chicken, inhaling the medication’s vapors while cooking could cause high levels of the drugs to enter your body. It could also hurt your lungs.

Put simply: Someone could take a dangerously high amount of the cough and cold medicine without even realizing it.”

So why even do the challenge?

Some teens were calling it the “sleepy chicken” challenge.

Others say it was never really a challenge but meant as a joke mocking the stupidity of people who try whatever they see on the internet.

The problem is teenagers’ minds are still developing – so they can’t always think through the consequences of their decisions.

Even if they wanted to try it as a “joke” – they may not comprehend the dangers of heating a cold medicine…

… which is why the FDA was forced to issue a warning.

Sadly, many people will continue to try whatever the latest TikTok challenge is – whether to increase their followers or impress their friends.

Mommy Underground previously reported about a dangerous trend where young girls are taking racy photos of themselves using a silhouette-type filter – not realizing that people can undo the filter and actually see a nearly naked photo.

And while the “chicken NyQuil” challenge certainly won’t be the last of its kind, let’s just hope those watching will use some common sense.

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