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The Tide Pod Challenge Continues and Nothing is Being Done to Stop It.

Screen Shot 2018 01 30 at 10.13.06 PM 758x1030 - The Tide Pod Challenge Continues and Nothing is Being Done to Stop It.

 

 

 

The Tide Pod challenge is a trend that burst into the social media world this past December, but the trend and pace at which people are being poisoned is continuing to grow. So far in January alone, poison control centers have received 134 reports of “intentional exposures” to laundry packets, Tide or others. That’s compared with 53 cases the American Association of Poison Control Centers reported for all of 2017, mostly involving teenagers.

To be clear, a Tide Pod is laundry detergent heavily concentrated into a single packet, meant to dissolve in water and clean a single load of laundry. But these days, it’s a dare — an Internet meme, in which teenagers try to eat Tide Pods as a “challenge.”

If ever put in a situation like this and you or someone you know gets hurt — or if you have a question — call the national Poison Help hotline at 1-800-222-1222.
The internet has done it’s work again of setting stupid trends but this one might take the top stop as some people are willing to lose their life for this internet challenge.
Damon Jones, spokesman for parent company of Tide; Procter & Gamble, says it’s a stretch to blame the design for the dangerous trend.

“That’s not our focus,” he said of any potential design changes for Tide Pods. “Our focus right now is educating consumers about the proper and safe use of household products,” he says. The company’s efforts include outreach to college campuses for “honest conversations” with students and a partnership with social media companies to stop the spread of the videos.

Previously, Tide Pods drew national attention — and criticism of their design — when young children became ill after putting them in their mouths. Every year, poison control centers get more than 10,000 of reports of children accidentally getting their hands on laundry packets.

The biggest difference in that situation is that the kids accidentally or mistakenly consume the pods wheras today, people are willingly eating them.

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