a dangerous online trend has emerged encouraging young people to take large quantities of the drug, known as the Paracetamol Challenge. [...] 'Now you see teenagers egging each other on, and it's a peer pressure thing where they clearly don't know what they're doing.
However, I can't find anything on this except for other similar news stories, most of which are published by news sources with a reputation for hysteria. I don't consider the Daily Mail as a reliable source because they have a very poor reputation. Even they admit that the girl who died in their story was really a suicide rather than a kid following a social media meme.
I don't see any reason for people to be doing this, as paracetamol is not a psychotropic substance (it won't get you high) and it will kill in a high enough dose. Then again people do play chicken so there may be something to it.
Are people really taking high doses of drugs as part of a "paracetamol challenge" circulating on social media?