Warning for parents: "Choking game" kills

By: Tom Campbell Email
By: Tom Campbell Email

February 14, 2008

From 12 on Your Side, the Centers for Disease Control says at least 82 young people have died from the so-called "choking game."

In that game, children use dog leashes, bungee cords around their necks or other means to temporarily stop the blood flow to their heads.
That's supposed to give a euphoric feeling when the blood returns.

The CDC estimates up to 20 percent of teens and pre-teens play the game, sometimes in groups.

However, a new study shows nearly all the deaths have happened to children who were playing alone.

About 90 percent of the deaths were boys, and the average age was about 13.

The CDS says parents should be aware of the fad. The possible warning signs include bloodshot eyes, marks on the neck, headaches and disorientation. Ropes, scarves or belts tied to doorknobs or bedroom furniture, or found on the floor, may also be a sign.

The CDS publication "Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report" has more
information. Click the link below.

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  • by Mary Location: Georgia on Mar 5, 2008 at 04:20 PM
    I too just lost a 14 yr.old grandson from playing this sensless GAME.We have to get the word out to all parents on what signs to look for.I want to do what ever I can to stop this to many children are dying from this GAME we need to stop it!!!
  • by sarah Location: Northern California on Feb 20, 2008 at 10:57 AM
    I lost a son to this wicked 'game'. Please post these websites for your readers. Information will and has, saved lives. Sarah Pacatte, Gabriel Mordecai's Mom http://StillLovingMyGabriel.com http://GASPinfo.com 'Games Adolescents Shouldn't Play' We are a ground breaking, non profit organization dedicated to educating and warning on this wicked,high risk, thrill seeking activity of self asphyxiation that has been killing for many,many years.
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