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Follow Up: Playing the Choking Game Can Cost a Life

November 24th, 2006 Visited 1482 times, 1 so far today

A short time ago we talked about whether we are responsible for those around us in a post entitled, “Am I My Brother’s Keeper?”  My illustration was taken from a Dear Abby column in which a girl was asking Abby whether or not she should tell her parents about the fact that her sister was playing this game, and Abby (and I) said that she needed to.

Dear Abby just wrote another column filled with responses about just how deadly this “game” can be, and I thought I’d share some of that here.

There are many different ways this game is deadly:

  • It can lead to the need for bigger highs.
  • Each time it is “played” it causes brain damage.  There’ll be gaps in memory, short-term memory loss, slurred speech and sudden outbursts of anger.  It could lead to disorientation, loss of coordination and balance, and seizures.
  • They can choke themselves to death.

This is a serious problem with many children stating they know how to do or have tried doing it.  Parents, this is serious and deadly.  For more information about it, visit www.stop-the-choking-game.com.

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  • Loni says on: December 11, 2006 at 8:44 pm

     

    Thanks for writing on this. My son died two years ago today from this “death trap” choking game.

  • MInTheGap says on: December 12, 2006 at 9:03 am

     

    I’m sorry for your loss, Loni. It is a scary thing and we as parents need to be aware of it.

  • kate says on: December 14, 2006 at 12:39 pm

     

    There’s a great chance that your child or grandchild, niece or nephew has already heard of the Choking Game/ the Pass Out Game and has tried it or may be enticed to play it. Children as young as 6 years old have explained it to shocked parents. They don’t know the deadliness or the dangers of permanent disabling brain damage, they think it’s fun, safe and silly. Please help by signing the petition below. The life you save in the future may be a child who means the world to you.

    A Petition for D.A.R.E to incorporate Asphyxia Activity into the cirricula has begun to circulate – Show D.A.R.E we insist on keeping our children safe – Sign Here http://www.TheDBFoundation.com

    Please feel free to post this link on your own blog or website and forward it to your address book! The more signatures, the bigger the impact!

  • MInTheGap says on: December 14, 2006 at 2:04 pm

     

    You’re right, Kate– this is a dangerous game and needs the attention.

  • The DB Foundation says on: November 9, 2011 at 12:40 pm

     

    Let’s get the word out! DBF needs your vote, everyday for the Month of November! Our goal is to fund the 1st Annual Choking Game National Conference. Thousands of parents, educators, law enforcement, medical professionals and risks prevention organizations, etc will gather further raise awareness and promote education of the high risk teen behavior known as the Choking Game. The conference will also include a program for bereaved parents.
    Friends with friends, share. Friends with blogs, message boards, etc, repost please.
    We need to reach far and wide! It’s FREE for you, just takes a second of your time.
    Placing 3 votes, every day will be my routine for the month – will you take on the same challenge?
    3Votes every day:
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