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Stop The Choking Game

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There is an alarming wave of deaths among our country?s youth; a wave that continues to go unnoticed by mainstream media. Adolescents across the nation are victims of unintentional fatalities caused by their participation in the ?choking game? and though known by many names, the intent is to pass out purposely for amusement or for a ?buzz?. This silent epidemic that focuses the most brutal results on our very young middle schoolers, remains hidden from public attention because currently there is no way to accurately track and report the number of cases. This lack of statistical proof also limits prevention efforts promoted by the grass-roots organization of the thousands of grieving families who have lost a child to this insidious ?game?. <br />
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As your constituent, I have signed my name below to ask that you help us help our children by doing the following:<br />
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1. Call the CDC and request to be briefed on the issue of the ?choking game?.<br />
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2. Support the CDC and the Department of Health and Human Services by requesting that the World Health Organization add a sub code that includes the ?choking game? as a cause of death.<br />
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3. Include the ?choking game? among the health-risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death and disability among youth in the CDC?s Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), and make the YRBS affordable and accessible for all states.<br />
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4. Support the CDC?s Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) model of education as the means to disseminate information regarding the ?choking game?.<br />
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Enduring the death of a child is heartbreaking. As my representative to Congress, I ask that you help me prevent other families from this heartache by showing your support in establishing statistical evidence of the ?choking game,? Your efforts will assist us in heightening awareness among teens and their parents, teachers, and health care providers.<br />
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Thank you,

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Public Comments (3,855)
2 days ago
Brenda A. from Nampa, ID signed.
2 days ago
Tammy K. from Idaho Falls, ID writes:
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SUCH A TRAGEDY!!!THIS NEEDS TO STOP!!!
Nov 7th, 2017
melissa c. from Brookville, OH signed.
Nov 2nd, 2017
Michelle B. from Easley, SC writes:
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These are stoppable deaths. They aren't from cancer or tragic accidents. They are from uninformed, unaware youth. We have the answers to stop this. We need help getting it out there to communities, schools, children and parents.
Nov 2nd, 2017
Meghan D. from Taylors, SC signed.
Nov 2nd, 2017
Michelle F. from Anderson, SC writes:
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Individuals disseminating information or promoting this "chocking game" should be subject to criminal prosecution when it results in injury or death.
Nov 1st, 2017
Shannon S. from Greenville, SC writes:
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This needs to be addressed by our public school system.
Oct 31st, 2017
Lorraine G. from Flat Rock, NC writes:
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This is not a game and should he talked about to every child or adolesent from their parents, doctors and teachers. We are losing too many children to this horrific tragedy our children call a game. Many parents are not aware that is so called “game” even exists till it is to late. I recently had a friend whose son, age 13, died from this “game” . We will never forget this loving boy who was so full of life. His life was taken way to early and this could have been prevented if there was much more awareness and discussions by doctors and teachers.
Oct 31st, 2017
Lorraine G. from Flat Rock, NC writes:
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This is not a game and should he talked about to every child or adolesent from their parents, doctors and teachers. We are losing too many children to this horrific tragedy our children call a game. Many parents are not aware that is so called “game” even exists till it is to late. I recently had a friend whose son, age 13, died from this “game” . We will never forget this loving boy who was so full of life. His life was taken way to early and this could have been prevented if there was much more awareness and discussions by doctors and teachers.
Oct 31st, 2017
Lorraine G. from Flat Rock, NC writes:
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This is not a game and should he talked about to every child or adolesent from their parents, doctors and teachers. We are losing too many children to this horrific tragedy our children call a game. Many parents are not aware that is so called “game” even exists till it is to late. I recently had a friend whose son, age 13, died from this “game” . We will never forget this loving boy who was so full of life. His life was taken way to early and this could have been prevented if there was much more awareness and discussions by doctors and teachers.
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