Mexican authorities are warning of the dangers of a viral TikTok challenge that left school students drunk after taking a controlled drug.
With the slogan “last to sleep wins,” the challenge is trying to stay awake after taking clonazepam, a drug used to treat seizures, panic attacks, and anxiety.
Drowsiness is a side effect of the drug.
The capital’s public security department said Thursday that paramedics treated five intoxicated minors at a school in Mexico City.
Authorities in the northern state of Nuevo Leon reported three cases there.
None of the students became seriously ill.
“Unfortunately, challenges that spread through networks often put people’s health at risk,” said Nuevo Leon Alma Rosa, Minister of Health.
In 2022, a number of deaths were linked to a choking challenge that became popular on the app, leading TikTok to restrict searches for the challenge and urging users not to participate in dangerous trends.
SBS News has contacted TikTok for comment.