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The Choking Game–more like a lethal drug than a game

Posted by Dr. Susan on February 25, 2008

A new government survey is offering much needed attentionto ‘The Choking Game”, an activity during which children and teens strangle themselves just short of death in order to achieve a ‘high’. Some however deprive themselves of oxygen enough to cause brain damage. Some die. All types of children try the Choking Game, none is immune–not even your child. And although it isn’t as prevalent as alcohol or drug use, it can be lethal the first time tried. The Choking Game is NOT a suicide attempt. Look for warning signs including talk about the game, bloodshot eyes, headaches, marks on the neck, ropes, belts, bungee cords and other unexplained strings around and tied to furniture, doorknobs. For more information go to GASP (Games Adolescents Shouldn’t Play).

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