The Choking Game Is Deadly
News out that kids who are looking for an easy, cheap, and pretty much undetectable high are choking themselves with belts, ties, ropes and dog leashes. The ligatures cut off oxygen to their brain to the point that they pass out. They describe experiencing a dream-like state. In fact, in Ireland this game is known as “The American Dream.” Elsewhere it’s known as the “Choking game”, “Fainting game”, “Something dreaming game,” etc.
Often, in this deadly practice, there is a choker and a chokee. This is dangerous enough as a child puts her life in someone elses hands. (Would you bet your life on the judgment of a 12 year old?) More and more often, though, kids are doing this alone with predictable consequences. Continue reading