The FDA is warning parents of the latest TikTok challenge encouraging kids to cook chicken in Nyquil. (AP Photo/Dima Gavrysh) (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
by: Vivian Chow
Roasted chicken marinated with Nyquil? Health officials are warning the public of the dangers surrounding the latest deadly TikTok challenge making social media rounds.
“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,” says the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in a press release. “Social media trends and peer pressure can be a dangerous combination to your children and their friends, especially when involving misusing medicines.”
The FDA says boiling NyQuil or similar cough/cold medicine can make the solution “much more concentrated and change its properties in other ways.”
Not only could ingesting NyQuil-laced chicken be deadly, simply inhaling the vapors could allow a high amount of drugs to enter the body and injure your lungs, health officials say.
“The challenge sounds silly and unappetizing – and it is,” says the FDA. “Put simply: Someone could take a dangerously high amount of the cough and cold medicine without even realizing it.”
Officials are warning parents to stay extra vigilant because the deadly recipe uses over-the-counter drugs that are easily bought or readily available at home.