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Oral Nictotine Pouches

Oral nicotine pouches are a new category of tobacco product that includes brands such as Zyn, and they come in many flavors.

Oral nicotine products are used similarly to snus – a type of smokeless tobacco pouch that does not produce saliva, making it spit-less – but, unlike snus, they do not contain leaf tobacco. The products are still derived from tobacco and contain nicotine, which is harmful to young people in any form, but due to the absence of tobacco leaf, the Food and Drug Administration does not classify it is a smokeless tobacco product.

Benadryl Challenge

Teens are taking an excessive amount of allergy medicines such as Benadryl to get a high. Teens have stated that they got the idea from the Tik Tok app, where videos were posted informing them that they can get high from taking about a dozen Benadryl pills.  

Benadryl is also known as diphenhydramine, and if it is taken in large amounts, it can cause severe kidney, heart and neurological damage. The FDA warns that a high dose of the drug can lead to seizures, coma, or even death. They recommend for parents to lock away diphenhydramine along with all other over the counter or prescription medicines where their children cannot get to them.