NyQuil Chicken Challenge Triggers FDA Warning: Stop Using Drugs To Cook Raw Meat

NyQuil Chicken Challenge Triggers FDA Warning: Stop Using Drugs To Cook Raw Meat

US health officials are warning people of the dangers of cooking raw chicken with NyQuil and other cold medications.

The warning comes in response to a January 2022 social media trend that has resurfaced.

The original “Sleepy Chicken” challenge video that emerged in 2020 from what appears to be a satirical account by artist Rob Flo, according to his website.

Flo’s recipe for “Sleepy Chicken” involves pouring four-thirds of a bottle of NyQuil into a skillet with chicken breasts and boiling the mixture for five to 30 minutes.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned people considering taking the challenge that boiling drugs used in multi-symptom cold medications can alter the drug’s concentration and properties. This can sometimes cause people to ingest the drug at dangerous levels.

“Even if you don’t eat chicken, inhaling the drug vapors while cooking can cause high levels of the drug to enter your body,” the agency said.

Some social media companies have done their part to prevent trends from spreading.

TikTok, for example, removed search results for “Chicken NyQuil”. The platform replaced search results with a warning message saying, “Some online challenges may be dangerous, disturbing or even fabricated.”

Even with TikTok’s efforts to prevent the trend from spreading, searches for “sleeping chicken” or a misspelled version of chicken are still redirecting users to the challenge.

“Content that encourages dangerous behavior has no place on TikTok,” a company spokesperson told Bloomberg News in an email. “It’s not a trend on our platform, but we will remove content if found and strongly discourage anyone from engaging in behavior that could be harmful to themselves or others.”

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