Fowl Play: FDA says don’t cook chicken in NyQuil after TikTok trend takes flight

With another dangerous TikTok trend taking flight, one government agency is crying fowl.

The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday released a consumer update warning against a new social media challenge encouraging people to cook chicken in NyQuil or other cough and cold medication.

“The challenge sounds silly and unappetizing — and it is,” the agency said. “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.”

The agency recommends parents sit down with children and discuss the dangers of misusing drugs and how social media trends can lead to real, sometimes irreversible, damage. Remind your children that overdoses can occur with OTC drugs as well as with prescription drugs.