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Oklahoma Family Warns Parents About ‘Benadryl Challenge’ On TikTok After Their Daughter Dies

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A young teenage girl from Oklahoma has died after overdosing on antihistamines for a TikTok stunt.

According to The Sun, the “Benadryl Challenge” is an online fad in which young participants take a dozen or more pills of the allergy medication in the hopes of getting high and hallucinating.

Now the family of Chloe Phillips—the 15-year-old sophomore at Blanchard High School who died from overdosing on Benadryl—is warning others to stop participating in the dangerous challenge.

You can watch the news report about the tragic incident in the video below.

Janette Sissy Leasure, Phillips’ great-aunt, wrote in a now-deleted Facebook post:

“This needs to stop taking our kids or putting them in the hospital. Don’t let it take any more kids.”

“I don’t want to see any families go through what we are going through right now. Don’t ever say this can’t happen to you.”

Leasure urged parents to be more vigilant with their children and their online activities.

“Kids are like, ‘the other person was okay, so I’ll be okay.’ Try to always know what your kids are doing or taking.”

A spokesperson for TikTok told the news outlet that they “quickly removed the very small amount of content” that was found since learning of the challenge back in May.

TikTok said they would be “keeping an eye” out and will remove any new content pertaining to the reckless stunt—which so far has been seen in “extremely small numbers.”

“As we make clear in our Community Guidelines, we do not allow content that encourages, promotes, or glorifies dangerous challenges that might lead to injury.

“Though we have not seen this content trend on our platform, we actively remove content that violates our guidelines and block related hashtags to further discourage participation.”

“We encourage everyone to exercise caution in their behavior whether online or off.”

While the number of pills Phillips took that resulted in her death is unclear, Scott Schaeffer—the director of the Oklahoma Center for Poison and Drug Information—warned that “the dose [that] can cause a hallucination is very close to the dose that can cause something potentially life-threatening.”

Schaeffer added:

“Large doses of Benadryl (Diphenhydramine) can cause seizures and, particularly, problems with the heart.”

“The heart tends to go out of rhythm and not pump blood effectively.”

The funeral for Phillips took place on August 27 at First United Methodist Church in Blanchard.

An obituary for the late teen reads:

“Chloe loved music, dancing, video games, and being a social butterfly with her friends.”

“Chloe was an extremely intelligent young woman and dreamed of one day going to college and becoming a lawyer. On that journey, she looked forward to her first kiss, getting her driver’s license, and one day going to Paris.”

“Chloe’s faith kept her steadfast; she always stood up for what she believed in, and she showed kindness and compassion in everything she did.”

Benadryl is an over-the-counter allergy and common cold medication that is generally considered safe when taken in normal doses.

But medical experts warn that the drug can be potentially life-threatening if taken in excessive amounts.

When apprised of the challenge, a spokesperson for Johnson & Johnson—which markets the Benadryl brand—said:

“The BENADRYL TikTok trend is extremely concerning, dangerous and should be stopped immediately.”

Koh Mochizuki

Written by Koh Mochizuki

Koh Mochizuki is a New York-based actor and writer. Originally hailing from Los Angeles, he received his B.A. in English literature and is fluent in Japanese. Disney parks are his passion, and endless cups of coffee are a necessity. Instagram: kohster Twitter: @kohster1