The latest dangerous Tiktok trend that is now trending on social media: cooking chicken in Nyquil. Several videos on TikTok have gone viral showing people filming themselves sauteing chicken in a pan with the over the counter medicine Nyquil. The U.S. Food and drug Administration issued a statement saying that the trend is gross and dangerous. According to the statement on the FDA’s website, “The challenge sounds silly and unappetizing — and it is 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.” They added “Put simply: Someone could take a dangerously high amount of the cough and cold medicine without even realizing it.” They also encouraged parents to “sit down with your children and discuss the dangers of misusing drugs and how social media trends can lead to real, sometimes irreversible, damage.”
Over 1.3 million videos are now circulating on TikTok, so many that Nyquil has been #1 trending on Twitter since yesterday.
There have been several viral TikTok trends over the years that have been deemed dangerous. The “Blackout Challenge,” you’ll remember hit TikTok back in 2021 and it involved users being encouraged to hold their breath until they pass out due to a lack of oxygen. It was responsible for dozens of deaths last year. It caused the CDC to issue warnings about the challenge and inform people how to be able to tell that someone was trying it.
There have been other dangerous TikTok trends over the years. Trends that we wish will never resurface. Here are some of the worst trends that should NEVER go viral again.