FDA getting trolled online after announcing warnings against NyQuil Chicken ‘viral’ TikTok challenge

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A new TikTok challenge has the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announcing warnings against cooking chicken in NyQuil cold medicine.

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Not only does the FDA say that this combination is not very appetizing, but it is definitely not safe, either. In its warning, the agency wrote:

“Boiling 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.”

NyQuil contains acetaminophen, dextromethorphan, and doxylamine, as do other similar over-the-counter cough and cold medications.

In response, TikTok slapped a warning on the challenge, which has be dubbed #sleepychicken and now when searching for related videos on the social media site, users are greeted with the following message:

“Some online challenges can be dangerous, disturbing, or even fabricated. Learn how to recognize harmful challenges so you can protect your health and well-being.”

This is not the first time that NyQuil soaked chicken has grazed the internet. In 2017, Twitter user Tristan Depew tweeted out an image of chicken in NyQuil.

Depew told NPR that the tweet was a joke and there was zero intention of eating the chicken or challenging others to do the same. He added:

“I have seen it on TikTok, which is a bit more concerning because the audience of my original tweet — which I do think started it all — is notably older. There is something to be said about the concern that the children over on TikTok might not treat this with as much caution.”

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He said:

“Personally, seeing that this was only now addressed over five years later, it’s just another example of the FDA’s dangerous lack of urgency and oversight when it comes to the public’s health and well-being.”

According to the New York Post, NyQuil is now tweeting a stock message at individual users posting about the challenge. So far, they have sent out 13 tweets specific to the chicken-NyQuil recipe. The tweet read:

“Consumer safety is our number one priority and we do not endorse inappropriate use of our product. NyQuil is an OTC medication that treats nighttime symptoms of the common cold & flu. It should be take as directed using the dosage cup provided, not to exceed 4 doses in 24 hrs.”

Unfortunately, the brand’s tweets while they might be in the interest of safety, appear to be bringing more attention to the ridiculousness of the situation, making them a target of online trolls. One person wrote:

“Thanks for the new recipe @NyQuilDayQuil !!! My chicken is going to be a knockout!!!”

Another user, who apparently tried the recipe, tweeted:

“I tried the new NyQuil chicken recipe yesterday because I was feeling under the weather and now I feel more sick now :(“

In response, NyQuil replied:

“We’re sorry to hear this. Your safety is our top priority, and we recommend consulting your doctor and discontinuing use. Our products go through substantial tests to be safe when used as directed and with the dosage cup, and we do not endorse inappropriate use of our products.”

MSNBC’s Matt Negrin tweeted:

“Why’d they call it nyquil chicken and not robitusserie.”

Harmful eating challenges like #sleepychicken follow previous dangerous trends, such as 2018’s Tide Pod challenge and the Cinnamon Challenge, which peaked in 2012.

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Police say a child sex abuser and former daycare worker operated for four years on Twitter and had 290,000 followers.

June 18th, 2022

STILLWATER, OK- According to reports, a woman has been accused of operating as a child sex abuser on Twitter.

The woman, a former child care worker, was arrested for trying to sell child sexual abuse material on Twitter and according to the Stillwater Police Department (SPD), has been charged with distribution of child sexual abuse material and possession of child sexual abuse material.

The woman has been identified as 22-year-old Savannah Noel Hawthorne. Lt. T.J. Low said in a statement:

“On Friday June 3, 2022, SPD detectives, along side with Enid and OSBI, served a warrant in Enid in the Hawthorne residence where Hawthorne was arrested.”

FOX 23 reported that SPD received a cyber tip in late 2021 from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC). The tip indicated a suspect on Twitter had possession of child pornography and was actively soliciting buyers for distribution.

After serving a search warrant at Hawthorne’s residence, authorities found and seized a number of evidentiary items. Hawthorne was taken into custody under the warrant and was booked at Payne County Jail.

The Stillwater daycare facility Hawthorne was previously employed at has been notified and they are fully cooperating with investigators. Parents and legal guardians of the children who were under the care of Hawthorne have also been alerted.

In 2021, Twitter made 86,666 reports of child sexual abuse material to the NCMEC. In another case, on June 9, 29-year-old Nitikorn Manop was arrested in the Cha-am district, Phetchaburi, Thailand.

Manop was charged with human trafficking, child exploitation, and production and distribution of child pornography. This predator operated on Twitter for nearly four years and had 290,000 Twitter followers.

He allegedly used Twitter to lure minors. He would sexually abuse minors, film them without their consent, and then post the abuse on the Twitter main feed. This predator also reportedly sold links and access to a subscription model for others to have access to view this horrific abuse.

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How does a child predator of this magnitude operate openly on Twitter for four years? Where there any reports made against this specific account? If so, where they ignored or reviewed and left hanging in the wind?

If there were no reports, shouldn’t Twitter’s proprietary tools catch these child sex predators? The technology that Twitter uses can search for keywords, account behaviors, and suspicious activity as showcased with COVID-19, the Hunter Biden stories, and anything to do with election fraud.

In May 2020, a similar case occurred on Twitter:

“The man, Thai media reports as ‘Kittiphong,’ uploaded and sold child pornography on Twitter and the messaging app Line. He had a membership fee of 350 baht, or around $11 USD. Authorities gained information through the online reporting system CyberTip.”

The Chiang Rai Times added:

“Police from immigration, anti-trafficking division, and the Thailand Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force raided Kittiphong’s room in Bangkok and found eight cell phones with photos of children. The background of the photos matched the man’s room. He was arrested and charged with child pornography for financial exploitation. He is also facing charges of sexually abusing children 13 years old and younger.”

24-Hour Call Center: To report information about a missing or exploited child, call the 24-Hour Call Center: 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678). Report child sexual exploitation online at CyberTipline.org.

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Where’s the media coverage? Massive ICE operation in west Texas rescues 70 missing children from human traffickers

June 1st, 2022

EL PASO, TX – Amid the horror of last week’s school shooting in west Texas, some may have missed a truly wonderful bit of news coming out of the region.

Through a massive interagency effort named “Operation Lost Souls,” U.S. agents recovered 70 missing children from human traffickers following a three-week long operation in Texas.

 

The children range in age from 10 to 17 and are victims of sex trafficking and physical abuse, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said Wednesday.

The majority of the children were found in west Texas, but some were found in the Dallas-Fort Worth area as well as the state of Colorado and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

The operation was led by Homeland Security Investigations El Paso and was assisted by numerous agencies, including organizations and offices that are providing victim services and counseling to the recovered children and their families.

HSI El Paso Deputy Special Agent in Charge Taekuk Cho said the department is committed to finding abducted children and prosecuting those responsible. He said in a statement:

“Operation Lost Souls exemplifies Homeland Security Investigations’ commitment to protecting the public from crimes of victimization. In this case, we are looking out for our children – our community’s most precious resource.

“HSI is committed to continue working with our law enforcement partners to locate, recover and help missing children heal, while ensuring that perpetrators are held responsible for these heinous crimes and brought to justice.”

Results of the operation were released during a news conference May 25, which coincided with National Missing Children’s Day.

Major Matthew Mull, with the Texas Department of Public Safety, said teamwork is crucial to the success of this type of operation. He noted:

“At the Department of Public Safety, teamwork is one of our core values. We are grateful for all of our law enforcement partners who participated in this operation and who work around-the-clock every day to protect our communities, including our youth.”

The multiagency operation produced additional information and leads that HSI is investigating.

The following agencies assisted in the operation: Texas Department of Public Safety; DHSI Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Attaché Office; West Texas Anti-Gang Center; Texas Highway Patrol; El Paso Police Department; U.S. Marshals Service; FBI; El Paso County Constables; Socorro (Texas) Police Department; Department of Family and Protective Services; El Paso Independent School District Police Department; Texas Alcohol Beverage Commission; and the Juvenile Probation Department.

These agencies also assisted: San Angelo (Texas) Police Department, Tom Green (Texas) County Sheriff’s Office, Odessa (Texas) Police Department, Ector (Texas) County Sheriff’s Office, Ector County Independent School District Police Department, Midland (Texas) County Sheriff’s Office, Midland County Independent School District, Midland Juvenile Probation Department, Advocacy Center for Children of El Paso, Paseo Del Norte Center of Hope, the El Paso Center for Children, Midland Rape Crisis and Children’s Advocacy Center, Harmony Home Children’s Advocacy Center, Midland Memorial Hospital SANE Nurses, and Medical Center Hospital SANE Nurses.

ICE encourages anyone with information about human trafficking victims and criminal activity to contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 888-373-7888.

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Where’s the media? U.S. Marshals task force recovers 16 missing children, makes five arrests in Operation ‘Fresh Start’

April 12, 2022

NEW ORLEANS, LA Operation “Fresh Start,” a three-month operation conducted by the Missing Child Unit (MCU) of the U.S. Marshals Service Eastern District of Louisiana New Orleans Task Force, has resulted in the recovery or rescue of 16 children. The unit also made five arrests and uncovered a possible sex trafficking ring.

According to a press release from the U.S. Marshals Service, Operation “Fresh Start” was conducted from January 1, 2022 through March 31, 2022.

Participants included the U.S. Marshals Service New Orleans Task Force, the New Orleans Police Department, multiple Sheriff’s Offices, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, and Departments of Child and Family Services in Louisiana, Georgia, and Florida.

Press release author Brian W. Fair, Deputy U.S. Marshal, took note of how New Orleans has spearheaded operations such as “Fresh Start,” saying:

“New Orleans was one of the original U.S. cities to begin a USMS pilot program for the Missing Child Unit in 2016, and U.S. Marshals Service Eastern District of Louisiana Deputy U.S. Marshals have provided instruction to other USMS districts and state agencies on how to coordinate their MCU operations, which have gained national news attention within the last two years.”

The USMS also reported that, in addition to the 16 missing children who were rescued or recovered:

“six (6) children self-returned, three (3) children were recovered as other status, and three (3) more were recovered by other law enforcement agencies.”

Furthermore, the USMS noted that, in addition to the five arrests that were made:

“[B]ased on the operation at least four (4) felony warrant exist for adults suspected of involvement with MCU minors and the USMS New Orleans Task Force is actively pursuing these fugitives.”

In their press release, the U.S. Marshals highlighted some of the rescues and recoveries that they made during Operation “Fresh Start.”

In one case, a 14-year-old female runaway was found in Fayetteville, Georgia, after her parents reported her possible involvement with sex trafficking.  The investigators discovered that she may have spent some time in the Jacksonville, Florida area before moving to Georgia.  In Georgia, the teen was found to be living with several adults.

In another instance, a 5-year-old and a 7-year-old were abducted by their mother, who was their non-custodial parent, and taken to Florida.  The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s office issued a felony warrant for her arrest for kidnapping.  Despite her multiple attempts at evasion, the non-custodial parent was tracked to Florida, where she was arrested and the two young children were recovered.

In addition, the task force recovered a 1-year-old baby who was taken by his father, after his father shot and killed the baby’s grandfather.  The father surrendered to the New Orleans Police Department Violent Offenders Warrant Squad, and the baby was recovered safely.

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Furthermore, a 2-year-old male child was recovered after he was abducted from his crib by a family member.  The child was found after the NOPD Special Victim’s Division – Child Abuse Unit and the USMS New Orleans Taskforce conducted searches and interviews in the area.  He was returned safely to his mother.

Also, a 15-year-old schizophrenic patient was recovered after she broke free from restraints in an ambulance en route to Children’s Hospital in New Orleans.  Thanks to a cooperative effort from the New Orleans Police Department Special Victim’s Division – Child Abuse Unit, Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office, and Xavier University Police Department, the patient was located in New Orleans.

Deputy U.S. Marshal Fair praised Operation “Fresh Start,” in his press release, saying:

“I am very proud of the cooperative work done by all the agencies involved in safeguarding at risk children.”

U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of Louisiana Scott Illing said in a statement:

“Our Office is proud to be a part of a robust MCU program that took root in New Orleans starting in 2016.”

He continued:

“This work is being done with our partners while our office still performs its critical USMS missions (judicial and witness security, managing federal prisoners, violent fugitives’ apprehension, sex offender investigations, and service of federal process).”

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