The Food and Drug Administration is warning young people not to cook with over-the-counter drugs.
Yes, you read that right.
Earlier this year, a trend on social media where users are cooking chicken after marinating it in NyQuil was making the rounds.
Called “sleepy chicken”, some users claimed it helped with their cold symptoms.
However, it's not all dumb fun and games...the FDA says there are “significant risks” in using medications incorrectly:
“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.”
The FDA says parents should keep their medications locked away and inform their children of the overdose risks for both over-the-counter and prescription drugs.