Chasing cheap highs, tens of thousands of Ontario adolescents are strangling themselves or each other in what’s known as the choking game, a report out of Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health says.


“We knew from press reports that this phenomenon exists” but the great numbers were a surprise along with the fact that many kids only in Grade 7 were taking part,” said Jurgen Rehm, a senior scientist at the centre.


The game is about giving the person being choked the euphoric effects caused by oxygen deprivation to the brain.

 
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