New FDA Social Media Warning

Last Update: Sep 23, 2022

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Hello WA family and friends - I hope you are all healthy, happy, and having a productive week!

I know that there are MANY point-of-views and opinions (both good and bad) regarding social media. I also know that it is an important marketing tool for many of our online businesses. Still, this new warning from the FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) is geared more toward our impressionable children, teens, and their friends.

They are warning that MANY new scams are coming out that are aimed right at this very impressionable group - a group that unfortunately gets most of their information from unfiltered (fake) news sources on social media services like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and many others that seem to be popping up every day.


*** I know we are aware such dangers, but I find this important enough to share ***


FDA warns that social media trend is dangerous
A Recipe for Danger:

Social Media Challenges Involving Medicines

Social media trends and peer pressure can be a dangerous combination for your children and their friends, especially when involving misusing medicines.

One social media trend relying on peer pressure is online video clips of people misusing nonprescription medications and encouraging viewers to do so too. These video challenges, which often target youths, can harm people -- and even cause death.

Nonprescription (also called over-the-counter or OTC) drugs are readily available in many homes, making these challenges even riskier. OTC drugs can pose significant risks if they're misused or abused.

The Dangers of Social Media Challenges with Drugs

A recent social media video challenge encourages people to cook chicken in NyQuil (acetaminophen, dextromethorphan, and doxylamine) or another similar OTC cough and cold medication, presumably to eat.

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.

Put: Someone could take a dangerously high amount of cough and cold medicine without even realizing it.

An earlier TikTok challenge urged people to take large doses of the allergy medicine diphenhydramine (sold OTC in many products, including some under the brand name Benadryl) to try to induce hallucinations.

Prompted by news reports of teenagers needing to go to the emergency room or, in some cases, dying after participating in this challenge and taking too much medication, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned the public about the danger of high doses of diphenhydramine.

What You Can Do to Protect Your Children

How can you keep your kids safe and help prevent potentially dangerous trends? First, keep both OTC and prescription drugs away from children, and lock up these medications to avoid accidental overdose.

Sit down with your children and discuss the dangers of misusing drugs and how social media trends can lead to real, sometimes irreversible, damage. Remind your children that overdoses can occur with OTC drugs and prescription drugs.

If you believe your child has taken too much medication and is hallucinating, can't be awakened, has had or is having a seizure, has trouble breathing, has collapsed, or is showing other signs of drug misuse, call 911 (emergency services) or rush them to a nearby hospital to get immediate medical attention.

Thank you for reading...


As always, your feedback and comments are welcome!

Thank you for reading this blog...wishing all a VERY productive week!

-Mike

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Hi, Mike

Thank You for posting this very important message!

I’ll weigh in with my professional opinion as a physician.

Our children are being exposed to misinformation on social media that is extremely dangerous and potentially deadly.

The FDA should have posted this warning quite a while ago!

It’s imperative that our children get better educated by their parents and teachers about the dangers of ingesting OTC medications and other non-edible substances!

Tylenol (acetaminophen) is one of the most deadly OTC medications available if taken in overdosage!
The real danger is not lung damage. It attacks the liver and if not pharmacologically reversed within a narrow window of time it causes irreversible liver damage and death.

I’ve treated alcoholics that drank excessive amounts of NyQuil-type substances for it’s alcohol content and died of liver failure in the intense care unit of a Tylenol overdose.

Benadryl overdose can cause death from unstable cardiac ventricular arrhythmia, seizures, coma, and irreversible brain damage,

There are more OTC medications currently available to children and under-age adults than ever before!

I don’t like writing medical posts online but I thought this was important enough to make an exception.

If anyone reading this has children please take this seriously and do all you possibly can to protect them!

Our children are our most precious resource!

Thank You for reading!
Frank

Thank you Frank for your super important comment! As a parent it is very scary, although my kids are young adults now — my son and daughter-in-law just had triplets and it is so scary thinking of all the dangers that they must navigate in today’s society.

When my kids were young social media was around but not as it is today, but we limited to the best we could the use of cell phones and social media.

As said in this chain, we must expand protect our children.

Thank you

-Mike

You're welcome, Mike!

You are obviously good parents!

In-school education is essential, but parents can't totally rely on that and need to take the responsibility to educate their children about the dangers they could face as best they can!

I was lucky enough to have an incredible childhood, but things were totally different and so much simpler for children way back in the '50s and '60s!

I know this platform is not the place to give medical advice, but I felt compelled to do so in this instance. Going forward, I'll stick to writing things helpful to affiliate marketing and my somewhat off-the-wall musical posts! 😊

Once again, thank you for bringing this critical problem to everyone's attention! 👍

Frank

Thank you and your welcome Frank!

I’m glad (we’re all glad) that you chimed-in).

Have a great day and keep rocking on my friend!

-Mike

You too, Mike! 🤘😎

Frank 🎸

Will do!

-Mike

Thank you for sharing your insights Frank. They are most appreciated!

You're welcome, Susan! 😊

If you have young children, Stay vigilant!
Frank

I’m out of the little years now, Frank but it still troubles me to see what our kids are exposed to nowadays. Even adults for that matter. It’s like the inmates are running the asylum imo. Feel free to share your voice of reason anytime!

I agree with you, Susan!

It's a troubling world for people of all ages. So many unnecessary problems!

What to believe and what not to believe is past mind-boggling. Now it comes at us from pharmaceutical and natural health. We must become semi-scientists, it seems. And we can be. We are smart enough. But we may need to follow a few scientists, doctors, studies, and bibliographies on any particular claim. Research. There's plenty of it out there. It really does come down to individual responsibility. I wish it was easier.

I fully agree with you Donna, but unfortunately, there is just too much greed (not all) in the pharma and medical industries that are more interested in many $$$ rather than properly educating folks.

This along with too many parents not FULLY understanding this can happen to them (yes this also happens to good and smart kids as well thanks to peer pressure).

As you said, educating our kids is the ONLY defense we have.

-Mike

Thank You, Donna!

You “hit the nail right on the head!”

Please read my post on this thread.

Frank

Thanks for this. I had not seen this from the FDA, but I am overseas.

Ibuprofen is one such medicine that is readily available in every household and it is very damaging in higher doses. This is relatively easy since they came out with 400 mg capsules.

Many people have no idea they can cause permanent damage to their kidneys or liver with an overdose.

Alex

You are correct! There are a lot of dangers with high doses and long-term usage of ibuprofen, and they do not advertise that enough!

-Mike

No, they definitely do not. My wife used to pop ibuprofen like candy for migraines and had no idea it was dangerous.

Alex

Unfortunately, there is too much greed (not all) in the pharma and medical industries that are more interested in many $$$ rather than properly advising folks.

-Mike

Hi, Alex

Abusing ibuprofen or any non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (Aleve, etc.) can cause internal bleeding, kidney and liver damage, and many other problems.

Frank

Thanks Mike.

Unfortunately these dark suggestions have been around for many years. Some very ill person(s) have decided to take advantage of the weak, naive and meek. Very cowardly souls hiding behind the masses with the only intent to harm and destroy those that often don't know the difference or know any better and everyone around them.

I recall when the internet first came about. Immediately I thought of no need for encyclopedias anymore! Wow has it changed.

I see these things as our duty and responsibility to continue to help others by providing light enhanced, genuine, pure and honest content leading to positive results. Inside and out.

Pretty amazing how our niche is but a seed that evolves into a tree with leaves and branches of positive information into subsequent positive results.

Not always for the almighty dollar but as messengers of the Almighty One. Darkness always fades into light.

I could not agree more with you David! It is sickening how others use such popular methods in order to cause harm!

-Mike

Seriously, Mike? Cooking chicken in Nyquil?! That sounds dangerous and a serious misuse of Terms of Service, if not a violation. That's why communication is so important.

I don't have kids; both I and my husband agreed that it was better not to have them so we wouldn't abuse the welfare system as we were both disabled, but parents need to see what their kids are reading, and trends/fads can be not just "fly-by-night", but dangerous or outright lethal.

Thanks for the warning, and for the FDA as well. Yikes!!!

That is exactly how I felt when I first read this statement! REALLY???

However, unfortunately, you hear and see it in the news way too often, how kids are not watched over as well as they should be, doctors are overprescribing meds, and young folks are too easily misled by some on social media and by peer pressure!

-Mike

And it doesn't help that many pharmaceutical companies offer kickback programs, and many, not all doctors take them up on it for added income. It's a recipe for disaster. Fortunately not all doctors do this. I agree not all parents are completely present for their kids or home at all for the kids because of the stress of supporting the household or keeping up with taxes that keep soaring upward.

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