There’s a new TikTok trend making everyone question the future of civilization – if, of course, humanity makes it that long.
Apparently, eating Tide Pods and choking yourself until you pass out wasn’t enough to convince young people that internet fads aren’t a smart idea. Because now, they’re cooking chicken in Nyquil.
As in, the cough syrup that tastes like a penny and helps get you over the flu? Yeah, that Nyquil. They’re putting poultry in it.
The challenge, presumably, is to cook the chicken in the Nyquil and then eat it, I’m assuming because it’ll taste like the inside of an Arizona garbage can lid in July and somehow that’s funny to social media lemmings.
But, like other TikTok challenges like scarfing detergent or asphyxiating oneself on camera - both of which caused several deaths and more than a few hospitalizations, by the way - it turns out that frying up some nuggets in cold-and-flu medicine isn’t the safest move on the planet – and could, in fact, be even deadlier than it is stupid.
Cooking Nyquil and other liquid medications changes their property, experts warn (a concept that, frankly, should have been learned in school, if schools weren’t too busy teaching about the gender spectrum and how to get free birth control without parental consent). The FDA notes that ingesting cooked cough syrup, particularly in large amounts, could be dangerous or even fatal.
“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,” the FDA said in a statement addressing the latest trend.
On top of that, inhaling the vapors from frying Nyquil and other similar medications can damage your lungs.
But hey, the kids are fine, and the human race is definitely not doomed.