This meme is so funny until someone dumb dies. Which we will all be able to go back and say, “we told you so”. Just why? Get offline. Put the tide pods down and read a book or something. Go outside. There is more to life than being a meme.
Doctors are now concerned about online laundry detergent pod “memes”…
What began as a social media joke, is prompting concern from Valley doctors about teens consuming laundry detergent pods.
Banner Health toxicologist Dr. Frank LoVecchio told ABC15 the online memes have evolved into “challenges” to bite or consume the detergent pacs. Valley doctors have seen recent cases of teens intentionally consuming the pods, he said.
The chemical pacs can burn your mouth, lips and esophagus if ingested; but beyond the liquid, there is another concern.
“The membrane around it, when it dissolves, can cause central nervous system depression,” said LoVecchio, causing you to become sleepy or fatigued.
Online “memes” feature photos depicting the laundry pods as a pizza topping or breakfast cereal. Videos posted on Twitter appear to show people biting into the detergent pacs and spitting them out.
The meme has taken off this week:
A spokesperson for Procter and Gamble, maker of Tide, told ABC15 the company implemented child-resistant packaging for its pods and is working with partners to educate parents on properly storing the containers.
Asked about the social media jokes and memes, the company said,
“We have seen no indication of an increase of cases seeking medical treatment amongst infants and teenagers associated with the recent uptick in social media conversation or in consumer calls.”
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