Kids Snorting condoms Is 'Condom Challenge'
If people thought the Blue Whale Challenge was the 'most dangerous social media game ever', they're in for a shock.
That dubious honour now belongs to a ‘Condom Snorting Challenge’. But it's not new, teenagers have been doing it for a while now. The challenge was first identified as a dangerous trend doing the rounds way back in 2013 after a video, apparently dating back to 2007, went viral
What is the ‘Condom Snorting Challenge’?
There are all kinds of drugs, and kids are clever, so it’s just really: What are our kids doing? So, that’s what we try to share,” Stephen Enriquez, a state education specialist in San Antonio, told Fox affiliate KABB.
“Because these days our teens are doing everything for likes, views and subscribers,” Enriquez said about such games. “As graphic as it is, we have to show parents because teens are going online looking for challenges and re-creating them.”
Bruce Lee, an associate professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, wrote in a column for Forbes that the only thing people should snort is air, with the exception of nasal spray or doctor-prescribed medications.
“The condom could easily get stuck in your nose or your throat, blocking your breathing or causing you to choke,” he wrote.
Lee pointed to two medical case studies involving condom mishaps. A report published in 2004 in the Indian Journal of Chest Diseases and Allied Sciences detailed an “accidental condom inhalation” in which a 27-year-old woman unintentionally sucked a condom down her throat and into her lungs during oral sex. It led to pneumonia and caused the right upper lobe of her lung to collapse.
Enriquez visited a school to warn parents and teachers not only about drugs and alcohol but also about these social media challenges, according to the station.
It involves stuffing a condom through one's nostril, sliding it through one's throat and pulling the contraceptive device out from one's mouth
If it isn't brand new, why is this 'game' suddenly so much in the news?
Though not brand new the challenge has hit the headlines recently.
That's because a small group of Texas parents and teachers were alarmed by what they saw during a presentation at a local school a week ago, reported The Washington Post.