The dangerous “Benadryl Challenge” circulating online tragically claimed the life of 13 year old Jacob Stevens.
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The young Ohio boy fought for his life after participating in the viral challenge at home with friends. He ingested a lethal amount of the Benadryl, causing him to be hospitalized and on a ventilator for a week prior to being pronounced deceased.
“I’m going to do anything I can to make sure another child doesn’t go through it,” Jacob’s grandmother, Dianna Stevens tearfully stated.
Social media challenges are no new trend, but are seemingly becoming more dangerous. This antihistamine temporarily relieves symptoms caused by upper respiratory allergies and/or the common cold, is to be used as directed. The Benadryl Challenge (especially popular on TikTok), however, encourages users to ingest 12-14 pills in order to prompt hallucinations.
Unfortunately, this isn’t the first occurrence of misuse of the medicine for an online stunt. The first reported death from the Benadryl Challenge was recorded in 2020, after taking the life of a 15 year old girl in Oklahoma in 2020.
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“[We have] contacted TikTok and strongly urged them to remove the videos from their platform and to be vigilant to remove additional videos that may be posted.”The FDA’s 2020 warning stated.
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