Training Session Oct. 6 On Adolescent ‘Choking Game’

Potter County Today

A training session to help medical professionals and emergency responders deal with a disturbing phenomenon, “the choking game,” will be held on Oct. 6 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Charles Cole Memorial Hospital conference room. Games Adolescents Shouldn’t Play (GASP), a campaign set up by families of choking victims, focuses on a troubling activity causing death and suffering for thousands of families worldwide. It often begins with teens choking each other as a way to get “high” without the risk of getting caught with drugs or alcohol. It sometimes ends with kids dying or suffering permanent brain damage.

The Oct. 6 program is presented in cooperation with the Robert Packer Memorial Hospital Regional Trauma Center. Presenter is Cheryl Macdonald-Sweet, trauma program manager at Pocono Medical Center. Supper will be provided. Those planning to attend should contact Potter County Department of Emergency Services at 274-8900 or Emily Myers at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, 274-9301, Ext. 1187.

GASP is focused on educating the public on how dangerous the choking game is and preventing it by working with schools, medical institutions and community organizations.

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