The Food and Drug Administration recently issued a warning advising the public not to cook chicken with NyQuil.
The FDA said the warning came amid an uproar on social media. The FDA said the problem could harm people and even lead to death.
“Boiling a drug can make it much more concentrated and change its properties in other ways,” the FDA said. “Even if you don’t eat chicken, inhaling drug fumes while cooking can cause high levels of drugs to enter your body. It can also damage your lungs. Simply put, someone can take dangerously high amounts of cough and cold medicine without even realizing it.’
The FDA encourages parents to discuss with their children the dangers of drug abuse and how social media trends can lead to real, sometimes irreversible, harm.
This was announced by scientists from Harvard there is a risk of using too much acetaminophen, one of the active ingredients in NyQuil. The researchers said, “If you take too much acetaminophen—all at once or over several days—this toxic breakdown product can build up and cause liver damage.”