Yesterday the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued a press release warning about deaths due to the "choking game" in which people, primarily boys between the ages of 11 and 16, intentionally strangle themselves in an effort to obtain a brief euphoric state. (That means getting high.)
Signs that a child may be engaging in the choking game include
- discussion of the game â€“â€“including other terms used for it, such as "passâ€“out game" or "space monkey"
- bloodshot eyes
- marks on the neck
- severe headaches
- disorientation after spending time alone
- ropes, scarves, and belts tied to bedroom furniture or doorknobs or found knotted on the floor
- unexplained presence of things like dog leashes, choke collars and bungee cords
If parents believe their child is playing the choking game, they should speak to them about the lifeâ€“threatening dangers associated with the game and seek additional help if necessary.
The CDC provides excellent injury prevention information.