Poison Control Sees Increase In Pittsburghers Over 20 Ingesting Laundry Pods

Poison Control Sees Increase In Pittsburghers Over 20 Ingesting Laundry Pods

Poison Control Sees Increase In Pittsburghers Over 20 Ingesting Laundry Pods

The Pittsburgh Poison Center of UPMC has received nine calls related to laundry pods so far this year.

The American Association of Poison Control Centers, which received almost 12,300 calls regarding exposure to laundry packets in 2017, reports that their data indicates that fewer people across the nation are mishandling the nonconsumable packets since they were first released in 2012. Gronkowski says. "Use Tide pods for washing, not eating". She said the statistics don't differ much from previous year, when 172 of the 203 cases involving laundry packets involved small children.

"They're very, very colorful".

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The increase is likely due to the "Tide Pod challenge", a risky viral trend in which teenagers bite into or eat the laundry pods and record themselves for social media.

A follow-up piece in June 2017 announced Tide's fictitious debut of sour apple pods, which boasted all the stain-fighting power of the previous pods, but with "an extra burst of mouth-puckering fruit flavor". "That number has increased to eighty-six such intentional cases among the same age demographic during the first three weeks of 2018".

Soon, what began as people taking photos of themselves adding the pods to foods they were purportedly eating, like baking them on to frozen pizza, grew to people filming themselves biting into the pressurized packets.

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The concentrated formulas, enclosed in a plastic, soluble casing, can also leave chemical burns in the esophagus or irritate a person's eyes upon contact. In College Humor's Don't Eat The Laundry Pods video, viewers see a college student tempted to eat Tide Pods.

Yet, that's enough to experience toxicity symptoms.

If the liquid gets into a person's lungs, it can cause breathing problems.

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The Poison Control Center can be reached by calling 1-800-222-1222.

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