Recent social media "challenges" show individuals misusing drugs and encouraging children to do the same.
Over-the-counter ("OTC") drugs are readily available in many homes, and their misuse or abuse can cause serious negative effects.
One social media video challenge encourages viewers to cook chicken in NyQuil or other OTC cough and cold medications. Boiling a medication can make it much more concentrated, and inhaling the vapors can cause high levels of the drug to enter the body or hurt a person's lungs.
Another TikTok challenge pressured viewers to take large amounts of Benadryl to induce hallucinations. In response to media reports that teenagers were admitted to the emergency room and even died after participating in the challenge, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning about high doses of diphenhydramine. "A Recipe for Danger: Social Media Challenges Involving Medicines" www.fda.gov (Sep. 15, 2022).