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Tide Pod Challenge?

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Tide Pod Challenge?

"Tide Laundry Detergent Pids" by Mike Mozart is licensed under CC BY 2.0

"Tide Laundry Detergent Pids" by Mike Mozart is licensed under CC BY 2.0

"Tide Laundry Detergent Pids" by Mike Mozart is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Caleb Noel, Staff Writer

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New Year tends to bring in resolutions to make better decisions, but not even a month into 2018 people are shoving Tide Pods laundry detergent into their faces and getting sick.

The Tide Pod Challenge was at first just a joke floating around the internet until one person decided to take it to the next level – and actually tried to eat one, not able to get through chewing it before spitting it out.

This challenge quickly becomes deadly if swallowed. Tide pods are obviously made up of chemicals and corrosive ingredients that will cause harm – it is a detergent, what do you expect?

If ingested, some life threatening effects include: breathing problems, damage to the esophagus, internal chemical burns, drastic blood pressure changes, gastrointestinal issues, neurological symptoms, and even loss of consciousness.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, six adults suffering from cognitive impairment, along with two children, have died as a result of ingesting the pods so far.

Growing number of injuries have been linked to ingestion of these products. According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, for children 5 and younger, there were more than 14,000 cases of detergent exposure reported to poison centers in 2017.

So the next time you need to rinse your mouth out with soap, remember that it is a metaphor and not literal. Use common sense and don’t try eating laundry detergent. Let’s try the Common Sense Challenge.

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