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The “Choking” Game

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Also from the CDC website this morning:

It’s called the “choking game,” but it’s no game, and there are no winners. Some kids are choking themselves or each other, by hand or with some form of noose. The intent is to get a high, caused by a temporary lack of oxygen to the brain. Tragically, this so-called ‘game’ sometimes goes too far and results in death. In this broadcast, Dr. Robin Toblin discusses this latest activity and steps that can be taken to bring an end to this deadly game.

This is a brief podcast (less than 5 minutes), but an interesting introduction to the concept of the “choking game”. I know it’s an issue that’s raised by lawyers and police in some sexual assault and IPV cases I see involving strangulation.


Written by Jenifer

February 1, 2009 at 10:36 am

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  1. Thank you for posting this podcast. It is noteworthy that some children also play in groups using a variation of the game involving chest pressure instead of carotid artery occlusion. Although it precludes accidental strangulation, oxygen deprivation still occurs and injuries due to falls, brain damage etc. still results. Oxygen deprivation activity is usually consentual but has occasionlly been reported as an act of bullying etc.

    Patricia Russell

    February 1, 2009 at 12:49 pm

  2. Thanks, Patricia–for other readers, if you click on Patricia’s name you will be linked to the DB Foundation website, which focuses on this (and other) dangerous adolescent behaviors.


    February 1, 2009 at 1:01 pm

  3. I will be sending this one on to the schools


    February 1, 2009 at 7:47 pm

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    This is what the Independence schools just sent out..I had forwarded your post…


    February 19, 2009 at 1:53 pm

  6. That’s interesting–that is the same link I posted in Pt. II of the series. Good for the school for being proactive with parents…


    February 19, 2009 at 2:08 pm

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