Are Your Kids Taking the Cinnamon Challenge?

Chubby Bunnies

Chubby Bunnies (Photo credit: derektor)

The Cinnamon Challenge

The Cinnamon Challenge (Photo credit: Sharon Drummond)

Your spice rack may be the next frontier for kids trying to emulate those television stunt shows. Loyola University Health System reports that cinnamon, nutmeg and marshmallows are being used as challenges.

The Cinnamon Challenge, which is extremely popular,  involves swallowing one tablespoon of ground cinnamon without water.  Dr. Christina Hantsch, toxicologist, Department of Emergency Medicine at Loyola University Health System was quoted in a press release that, “The dry, loose cinnamon triggers a violent coughing effect and also a burning sensation that actually can lead to breathing and choking hazards.”

Poison treatment centers received 51 calls about teenagers having been exposed to cinnamon in 2011.  There were 139 calls in the first three months of 2012. The American Association of Poison Control Centers says that 122 of those 139 calls were classified as intentional misuse or abuse. Thirty callers required medical attention.

The Chubby Bunny marshmallow challenge is another game with lethal consequences. The kids stuff their mouths with marshmallows and then say “Chubby Bunny”. Kids have choked to death attempting this.

Nutmeg is snorted, rolled up and smoked and eaten in large quantities because the kids get a high that is similar to smoking weed. “Nutmeg contains myristicin, which is a hallucinogenic, like LSD,” according to Dr. Hantsch. She also noted that, “There is a synthetic marijuana called Spice, or K2, that is very popular right now because it cannot be detected in standard drug tests. It also is marketed as a legal high, which it is not, but is dangerous because it has more adverse effects than cannabis.”

Poison treatment centers got 4,905 calls about exposure to K2 or Spice this year between January 1 and November 30.

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~ by chasm63 on December 28, 2012.

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