Yet Another Dangerous TikTok warning

This one from the FDA on cooking chicken – in Nyquil.  Yes.  It’s a thing.  So here’s the gig – There’s evidently a new TikTok challenge to cook chicken in acetaminophen, dextromethorphan and doxylamine = Nyquil basically.  The FDA warning says — doesn’t matter if you don’t actually ingest the chicken- it can also be simply inhaling the vapors; high levels of the drugs could enter your body and furthermore- burn your lungs.  The FDA points to a TikTok video and others including the ‘Benadryl Challenge’ where teens are ending up in the ER and even instances of death.  So – how do we deal with this?  A reductive answer for sure but….. here is the essence of this issue according to the Academy of Pediatrics –  A teenage brain is not fully developed until the mid-20’s – there is a huge social media component to all this — basically “a popular kid at school did this and got hundreds of likes and comments = instant popularity”  explains the A-P- the best we can do as parents is to, one, consider the massive impact of social media on teenage (and adult!)  behavior in our society and two, keep the lines of communication O P E N-   Godspeed.