According to a new study published in the latest edition of Pediatrics, the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, about 6 percent of eighth graders polled in Oregon have participated in "the choking game" as a means to get high, and it might lead to more risky behavior.
The game occurs when a person uses some type of restriction, such as rope or a belt, to cut off blood and oxygen to the brain until they pass out. When oxygent rushes back, it causes a sense of euphoria.
The study polled 5,400 Oregon middle schoolers. Of those who played the game, 64 percent played ore than once and almost 27 percent did it more than five times. It found both girls and boys were equally likely to participate and both were more likely to report being sexually active or likely to abuse substances.
There have been several Idaho instances of the choking game reported recently, including an incident earlier this month when a 10-year-old boy from Dietrich died from self-choking. Law enforcement said the boy had apparently heard about the game from older students at his school.