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Teens eating laundry detergent pods in viral 'challenge'

Teens eating laundry detergent pods in viral 'challenge'

A new online trend could lead to dangerous, even deadly outcomes.

The "Tide Pod Challenge" comes on the heels of a new alert issued by the American Association of Poison Control Centers. Less than two weeks into 2018, there have been 40 cases of teens misusing these pods.

"Teens trying to be funny are now putting themselves in danger by ingesting this dangerous substance," said Ann Marie Buerkle, chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

These pods have a history as colorful as them. In 2017, poison centers received reports of more than 10,000 exposures to the laundry detergent packages by children five and younger; exposures can yield dangerous results.

"They would get very sick, very rapidly, they'd get very drowsy, significant loss of consciousness," said Alfred Aleguas, managing director at the Florida Poison Information Center.

Exposures can also be lethal.

"Currently we are aware of about 10 deaths since laundry pods came out into the market many years ago," said Buerkle.

They may look fun, but parents should talk to their kids and let them know these are not toys. It's not worth the views on YouTube or the likes on Facebook and Instagram, these pods are for laundry, not laughs.

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