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Consumption of laundry pods: New trend sends teens to hospital

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Skye Shaw, staff writer

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At least two South Carolina teens have eaten laundry detergent pods over the past month, according to a Jan. 29 article in The State.

Since the new year, 131 teenagers across the country have intentionally exposed themselves to the liquid detergent packs, according to the  American Association of Poison Control Centers.

Teenagers and young adults are being sent to the hospital as a result of eating laundry pods after a YouTube video went viral.

New videos are circulating on social media showing the “Tide® pod challenge,” where teenagers are biting into brightly colored liquid laundry detergent packets or cooking them in frying pans, then chewing them up before spewing the soap from their mouths.

        Children and teens exposed to the toxic detergent are at risk of serious injury. According to Dr. Santhish Adigopula, of Ashtabula County Medical Center in Cleveland, the chemicals can cause severe burns to the mouth, esophagus or respiratory tract. They may experience a change in blood pressure and heart rate, lose consciousness or have seizures. Complications including coma, pulmonary edema (fluid buildup in lungs), respiratory arrest, corneal abrasion and burns to the eyeballs have also been noted.

Procter & Gamble, makers of Tide pods, is working hard with social networks to remove the harmful content, said David Taylor, P&G ceo. The American Cleaning Institute is working alongside Procter & Gamble to remove the content.

        YouTube and Facebook said all materials and videos that display individuals eating the laundry pods will be blocked. Tide released a video with Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots discouraging the consumption.

Chuck Schumer, Democratic senate minority leader from New York, said he was tempted to eat a pod because of its bright colors. “I don’t know why they make them look so delicious,” he said at a 2012 news conference according to The Daily News.

Tide dismissed all speculation that it would discontinue its detergent packets, addressing the rumors as a “complete hoax.” They will not be altering the appearance of the pods nor the packaging.

Tide pods on a pizza Photo Credit: Tombre Imgur

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Skye Shaw, staff writer

Skye Shaw is a sophomore majoring in political science and minoring in philosophy and media writing. She played softball for CC during the 2016-2017 season...

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