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A new fad to obtain a 'natural high' is plaguing adolescents called the 'choking game', 'pass out game', 'blackout', 'funky chicken', 'space monkey', 'flat liner', 'tingling', or 'suffocation roulette'. Players asphyxiate by cutting off the blood supply to their brains through hanging themselves or getting friends or even themselves to choke them until they pass out. The subsequent rush of blood back into the head upon revival gives them an oxygen high, lasting for around 10 seconds. The effect is likened to taking drugs to achieve similar euphoria. However, sometimes the children do not regain consciousness, particularly if playing alone, and sometimes they regain consciousness, but never to the full extent of their previous mental capacity due to starving their brains of oxygen for too long. This dangerous game can therefore often be misdiagnosed as suicide. Ways to be suspicious of your child playing the game include red eyes, marks around the neck, and ropes or belts tied to furniture in your child's room.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by MSNBC
About: Teens choking for a rush
Date: 18 August 2005
Author: Michael Okwu
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