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Scottish pupils risking lives in ‘Paracetamol Challenge’

  1. Rob Cypher
    CHILDREN have been risking their lives in a potentially lethal new social media craze that encourages the abuse of painkillers.

    In the so-called Paracetamol Challenge, youngsters have dared each other to take the over-the-counter tablets.

    But even a small overdose can have life-changing or fatal consequences, medics have warned.

    Police were called in after one person was thought to have been hospitalised after taking part in what education chiefs describes as a ‘dangerous craze’.

    Parents were also urged to monitor their children’s use of social media such as Facebook and Instagram, which were used to spread the potentially-lethal “game”.

    Schools in East Ayrshire have sent out letters to alert parents and youngsters. Warnings were also made at school assemblies.

    Mr Ward added: “We have been communicating with parents, encouraging them to monitor their child’s safety on social media. The challenge results in young people daring each other, through Instagram and Facebook, to take excessive amounts of paracetamol and this is a matter of great concern. Our schools have been highlighting the dangers to our young people and our campus cops in particular have had a key role to play in liaising with children and young people on this matter. We are urging parents to talk to their children about the potential dangers of taking paracetamol and to discourage their children from engaging in any online activity in support of this dangerous craze.”

    The alert came after researchers at Edinburgh University warned prolonged paracetamol use by pregnant women may reduce testosterone production in their unborn sons, leading to later reproductive disorders.

    Campbell Thomas
    The Scotsman
    May 20, 2015



  1. ianzombie
    When it comes to population control and/or weeding out the weakest links, games like these have played an important role.

    I can't say i have ever heard of this 'game' before. What sort of idiot plays it?
    Does spending the rest of their lives hooked up to a dialysis machine sound that exciting?

  2. TheBigBadWolf
    People do such crazy shit. I surmise we have no Scottish pupil member who could give an account on this.

    Human idiocy has no borders. Looking at the present RC scene here (in my country that is, as far as I can judge it as an outsider I must say that the sentence:

    Try this, it's banging your arse off!

    Is enough to make people snort ANY (off-)white powder you dose in front of them. Without involving testing, reading, taking any means to help with unknown (side) effects.

    And this here is not even a recreational drug.

    I keep getting sad about stuff like this happening.

  3. RoboCodeine7610
    It honestly surprises me that anyone would do this. I'm more inclined to think that the article has been sensationalized at best and completely fabricated at worst. My guess is a couple retards tried this and they began to call it a "craze".

    I have to side to ianzombie on this one, It makes for excellent Darwinian selection. As a matter of fact, games like this should be regularly introduced into social media as an indirect approach to eugenics. But believe it or not, I'm still skeptical anyone would be so stupid.

  4. TheBigBadWolf
    Don't dare me, RoboCodeine.
    We Germans are good in organising disinformation...

    Eugenics, well yeah. let them stupids do it.

    Possibly there's still more kick in it when they 'know' that there's a chance to die.
    It makes the whole thing more 'heroic'.

    To be honest - I aslo believe that there might have been a local event that is blown up like hell - let someone say "but everybody does it" and your journalist makes a craze out of that try to make themselves not look as stupid as they really are.. "but everybody does it" always was the first 'excuse' for having been involved in crazy shit."but everybody does it""but everybody does it"

    So jump into the river. ugh. Idiots . both, those who alledgedly dunnit and those who blow such shit up.
    Other idiots read the article in half and go run to the next chemist/pharmacy and buy all the APAP they can get.

    *breaks down over the keyboard*

  5. Alien Sex Fiend
    The thing is a bluff and hype! One idiot did this on youtube and got hospitalized. The end
  6. prescriptionperil
    If this was widespread I'm certain we hear of deaths, liver transplants and statistics on this craze. Sheesh,
    tabloid journalism is crazed.
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