Paracetamol is perceived as a fairly innocent drug, but even small doses can be lethal to children and youth. Larger doses of paracetamol present a serious risk for severe liver injury to adults.
British authorities are now warning against #paracetamolchallenge, which is a trend taking off in social media, according to a number of UK sites.
Most social trends are either fun, challenging and often for a good cause, while #paracetamolchallenge is simply about swallowing as many painkillers as possible.
It is unclear what the point behind it should be.
One teenager in Ayrshire in Scotland is said to have ended up in hospital because of the phenomenon, according to The Telegraph.
Both police and health professionals have published warnings about the #paracetamolchallenge on Twitter.
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