Study: Many Oregon 8th graders try dangerous 'choking game'

Study: Many Oregon 8th graders try dangerous 'choking game'

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Posted on January 15, 2010 at 12:30 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 15 at 12:30 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A new report suggests that about one out of every 20 eighth-graders in Oregon has taken part in the "choking game," the dangerous practice of choking each other to get a feeling of euphoria.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta released the results of an Oregon survey on Thursday.

More than a third of nearly 8,000 eighth-graders from 114 schools in Oregon who responded to the survey question about the choking game said they had heard about it.

Almost 3 percent of those responding said they had helped someone while about 6 percent said they had participated themselves.

The survey indicated that teens in rural areas and those with increased mental health risk factors or involved in substance abuse were more likely to take part in the risky game.

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