'Condom Snorting Challenge' Is the Latest Dangerous Viral Craze

Lynn Cook
April 3, 2018

According to Newsweek, Stephen Enriquez, a state education specialist based in Texas who teaches drug and alcohol prevention to parents, now also includes unsafe online trends and challenges kids might be experimenting with, such as the snorting condom challenge.

Health authorities warn that the new "game" poses a real risk and can kill. Then what? You reach back and pull it from your mouth. There's every possibility something you push up your nose will end up in your windpipe, or in your lungs. Typing the Condom Challenge into YouTube will leave you with an array of videos of young people snorting condoms up their nose.

Stephen Enriquez, a state education specialist, said, "There are all kinds of drugs and kids are clever, so it's just really what are our kids doing?"

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Lee pointed to two medical case studies involving condom mishaps.

Now teens are taking on an even grosser challenge in pursuit of Internet fame - and this one is making stomachs turn, as it is as disgusting as it is risky. Lee goes on to outline various situations in which people have accidentally swallowed condoms while performing oral sex and had serious complications, including a collapse of the right upper lobe of a lung and appendicitis. "Would it really be worth all that just to get more likes and views?" He wrote a column about the unsafe trend for Forbes magazine.

The spermicidal lubricant found on most condoms can also irritate the inner lining of the nose and cause allergic reaction or infection. She has 11-year-old twins.

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However, it's gained much more popularity in recent years after YouTuber Savannah Strong uploaded a new video of the challenge in 2013, spawning a number of imitations that have proliferated on YouTube and social media platforms since. The video has since been removed, but there are still dozens of others showing teenagers accepting the challenge. That led to a rash of poisonings, with 142 reported by poison-control centers in January alone.

The best piece of news so far is that no fatalities have been registered since the trend crept up on social media channels.

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