Benadryl challenge: Unsafe videos on TikTok

By Darby Callahan (TheLorian)

TikTok is in the news yet again, but this time for a very disgusting reason. Apparently, kids and teenagers are doing a dangerous challenge called the “Benadryl Challenge.” This is very frightening and people have died from it, according to healthline.com. According to the source, “The situation has concerned officials at the Food and Drug Administration enough that they have issued a warning on Thursday against the ‘serious problems’ that can occur if you ingest too much Benadryl.”

This challenge is not the first challenge that has been posted to the video sharing platform. Parents have called on TikTok and Johnson & Johnson to make a statement, and they both have listened to the calls and have made statements according to healthline.com. “A spokesperson for TikTok said that the online platform removed a small amount of Benadryl Challenge material in May and has continued to monitor the site for any new videos.” The Food and Drug Administration sent out a statement regarding the challenge warning users not to partake. “The FDA issued a warning Thursday against taking diphenhydramine (Benadryl) at more than recommended doses, following accounts of at least one teen dying from overuse,” (Medpagetoday).

There seems to be a trend on TikTok and other viral challenges including the fun and engaging “Savage Challenge,” which is a dance challenge featuring the choreography to the Megan Thee Stallion song “Savage.” People need to stop using applications in a way that risks their lives and start taking care of themselves. Maybe the application should get banned in America, and worldwide for that matter, because it would save kids lives from stupid challenges.

Parents should consider restricting TikTok use when they see their children watching dangerous videos like the Benadryl Challenge. Other dangerous challenges include ingesting nutmeg in order to hallucinate, which is similar to the Benadryl Challenge, and the Bird Box Challenge that was popular a few years ago, in which young people drove with blind folds on in order to see if they could drive like the character from the movie Bird Box.

Children and teenagers are very much influenced by what they see on the internet, and people should be held accountable for their actions. Whoever started this challenge should be arrested for their behavior because it threatens users’ health.

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