Mexican authorities are warning of the dangers of a viral TikTok challenge that has high school students intoxicated after taking a controlled drug.
Under the motto “whoever sleeps last wins”, the challenge is to stay awake after taking clonazepam, a drug used to treat seizures, panic attacks and anxiety.
A side effect of the drug is drowsiness.
Paramedics treated five drunk minors at a school in Mexico City, the capital’s Department of Public Safety said on Thursday.
Authorities in the northern state of Nuevo Leon reported three cases there.
None of the students became seriously ill.
“Unfortunately, challenges that propagate through networks often put people’s health at risk,” said Nuevo Leon Minister of Health Alma Rosa.
In 2022, a series of deaths were linked to a choking challenge that became popular on the app, leading to TikTok restricting searches for the challenge and urging users not to engage in dangerous trends.
SBS News reached out to TikTok for comment.