The Choking Game

There are plenty of “fads” that people try – the “Cold Water Challenge” from a few years ago, the “Cinnamon Challenge”, and who can forget the recent “Tide Pod Callenge” (for all that is good and holy, please do not try this challenge, it’s dumb and dangerous!).  One craze that rears its ugly head every couple of years is the “Choking Game.”  This dangerous game has been around for a long time and occurs throughout the United States (and in many other countries, see this interactive map). There was a death attributed to the “Choking Game” in the Madison area within the past few weeks, bringing it back to the forefront.  Can we stop calling it a game?!?  That makes it sound like something fun, instead of something very, very dangerous.  I digress…

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The Darker Side of Cough Medication

The Darker Side of Cough SyrupParents of students attending a local middle school got a surprise recently when they received a letter informing them that students had been caught using cough medication for recreational purposes. What would possess anyone to chug awful-tasting medication if not having hacking coughing fits? The answer is simple: cough medicine affords a cheap and easy high. And obtaining it may require no more effort than strolling to the family’s medicine cabinet.

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