Law enforcement warns of new social media challenge involving Benadryl

The Hubbard County Sheriff’s Office is asking parents and guardians to discuss the dangers of certain social media challenges, including one they say has become a trend.

According to the sheriff’s office, the latest challenge encourages people of all ages, but specifically teenagers, to take Benadryl to the point of hallucination and then share the effects on social media accounts.

Medical professionals say there are short- and long-term harmful effects associated with misusing Benadryl. Among the short-term effects are dehydration, hallucinations, vision impairment, respiratory depression and more.

The longer term effects include seizures, cardiac issues and respiratory depression.

In addition, there is also a risk of lethal consequences, according to the sheriff’s office.

Authorities say communication between parents and children is the most important way to fight the use of drugs by kids.

If you think someone has overdosed, you’re reminded to call 911.

In addition, the Poison Control Hotline can be reached at 800-222-1222.