FDA Warns of TikTok Challenge Prompting Teens to Cook Chicken in NyQuil

The FDA is warning parents of a deadly new TikTok challenge that involves children cooking chicken in NyQuil, “presumably to eat.” It is the latest example of a dangerous stunt spread to young Americans by China’s TikTok.

“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 FDA said in a press release.

Shouzi Chew, chief executive officer of TikTok Inc. Photographer: Christopher Goodney/Bloomberg

Three girls watching TikTok videos

Three girls watching videos (Luiza Nalimova/Getty)

“Social media trends and peer pressure can be a dangerous combination to your children and their friends, especially when involving misusing medicines,” the FDA added. “These video challenges, which often target youths, can harm people — and even cause death.”

The health officials went on to say that “boiling a medication can make it much more concentrated…

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