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2012-12-12 08:46:52 AM
Helium inhalation has become an popular method of suicide in recent years. According to a recent study, reported helium-related deaths spiked from two in 2010 to 42 in 2011

I was killing myself with helium before it became popular. All the cool kids have moved on to argon.
 
2012-12-12 08:50:25 AM
According to a recent study, reported helium-related deaths spiked from two in 2010 to 42 in 2011 while only 18 people were recorded as having died from the gas between 1993 and 2007.

These are probably not party deaths. Apparently, it's becoming a method of choice for assisted suicide ( because it supposedly isn't detectable in autopsies.).

But I guess it really is more dangerous than many previously thought.
 
2012-12-12 08:59:33 AM
It deprives you of oxygen, duh.
 
2012-12-12 09:14:39 AM
The "study" referred to is a report by the Office of National Statistics from the UK called "Deaths related to drug poisoning in England and Wales, 2011"

Therefore, while the number of deaths reported from helium, 42, is a legitimate number, it only covers England and Wales.

The report shows that the trend has been growing rapidly over the last 5 years:

Helium deaths trend from ONS report (p.16):

2007 2
2008 12
2009 21
2010 32
2011, 42

While the rise is very rapid, it seems the Inquisitor reporter misread the charts.
 
2012-12-12 09:29:47 AM
How can it be suicide when He killed her
 
2012-12-12 10:02:48 AM
It's a noble way to die.
 
2012-12-12 10:30:08 AM

Dead for Tax Reasons: How can it be suicide when He killed her


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2012-12-12 11:33:03 AM

notmtwain: These are probably not party deaths. Apparently, it's becoming a method of choice for assisted suicide ( because it supposedly isn't detectable in autopsies.).


And because its allegedly painless.
 
2012-12-12 12:40:58 PM

Dead for Tax Reasons: How can it be suicide when He killed her


I see what you did there.
 
2012-12-12 12:42:52 PM

Sybarite: Helium inhalation has become an popular method of suicide in recent years. According to a recent study, reported helium-related deaths spiked from two in 2010 to 42 in 2011

I was killing myself with helium before it became popular. All the cool kids have moved on to argon.


Damned hipsters.
 
2012-12-12 12:47:47 PM
The body showed evidence of having been gnawed on by balloon animals.
 
2012-12-12 12:51:44 PM
At least she went out on a high note! Too soon?
 
2012-12-12 12:52:11 PM
Death actually comes when you hit your head on the ceiling after over-inhaling.
 
2012-12-12 12:52:31 PM

Makh: It's a noble way to die.

You beautiful bastard
 
2012-12-12 12:53:03 PM
Are we sure it wasn't murder?
 
2012-12-12 12:55:24 PM
Helium is supposedly a painless way to commit suicide
if you try to suffocate yourself (or someone else) with - for example - a plasic bag, the body reacts to the increase in carbon dioxide and your body will fight for breath
with helium, although you are suppocating due to lack of oxygen, the body does not sense the increase in carbon dioxide and your body will (supposedly) painlessly die

/not that I have researched it or anything
//although I do know where to get the helium
 
2012-12-12 12:58:48 PM
On a semi-related note, Ridley Creek State Park was the location of choice for skipping school when I was a young'un. Never did come across any dead bodies though (not for lack of looking).
 
2012-12-12 12:59:56 PM
IIRC, isn't inhaling helium essentially just not inhaling oxygen? It's not poisonous or anything, but you'll still suffocate if you do it for too long.
 
2012-12-12 12:59:58 PM
If you stick a bag over your head and tie it off, you'll die. You could put another gas in the bag first to make it a little quicker, but that doesn't mean the gas is "dangerous".
 
2012-12-12 01:00:02 PM
I fly fish that area
 
2012-12-12 01:01:33 PM
According to the Daily Mail,

WTF? Is the Daily Mail the go to source for US news now?
 
2012-12-12 01:02:05 PM

notmtwain: According to a recent study, reported helium-related deaths spiked from two in 2010 to 42 in 2011 while only 18 people were recorded as having died from the gas between 1993 and 2007.

These are probably not party deaths. Apparently, it's becoming a method of choice for assisted suicide ( because it supposedly isn't detectable in autopsies.).

But I guess it really is more dangerous than many previously thought.


It may be undetectable but the other reason to use it is that is is painless. Normal suffocation is horrible. As CO2 builds up your body reacts by fighting for air and panic sets its. If you continuously breath a non-toxic inert gas (like helium, which is cheap and easy to buy) you deprive the body of oxygen while avoiding the CO2 reflex. You simply pass out and (assuming you continue to breathe only helium) die peacefully.

In a party setting this is very unlikely. When you passed out your next breathe would probably be air unless the balloon was over your head or something. Probably have a nasty headache though.
 
2012-12-12 01:03:18 PM

furterfan: Helium is supposedly a painless way to commit suicide
if you try to suffocate yourself (or someone else) with - for example - a plasic bag, the body reacts to the increase in carbon dioxide and your body will fight for breath
with helium, although you are suppocating due to lack of oxygen, the body does not sense the increase in carbon dioxide and your body will (supposedly) painlessly die

/not that I have researched it or anything
//although I do know where to get the helium


Curse you! I got interrupted while typing.
 
2012-12-12 01:05:38 PM

Fat_Head_Carl: I fly fish that area


You'd better hurry, before the flies head somewhere else.
 
2012-12-12 01:08:07 PM

Millennium: IIRC, isn't inhaling helium essentially just not inhaling oxygen? It's not poisonous or anything, but you'll still suffocate if you do it for too long.


Yes.
 
2012-12-12 01:09:44 PM
Last words will never be the same.
 
2012-12-12 01:10:04 PM
Biggest duck I've ever shot, the hunter said.
 
2012-12-12 01:13:39 PM

Dead for Tax Reasons: How can it be suicide when He killed her


Nice.
 
2012-12-12 01:14:55 PM
I didn't realize P was a vowel.
 
2012-12-12 01:17:27 PM

ShawnDoc: And because its allegedly painless.


And brings on many changes
 
2012-12-12 01:18:49 PM

abhorrent1: According to the Daily Mail,

WTF? Is the Daily Mail the go to source for US news now?


Yes, it is.
 
2012-12-12 01:22:06 PM

SpectroBoy:

These are probably not party deaths. Apparently, it's becoming a method of choice for assisted suicide ( because it supposedly isn't detectable in autopsies.).


From the description, the victim/beneficiary is basically dying of hypoxia/anoxia. That seems like it'd be pretty detectable, in my non-medically-trained understanding. Blood oxygen level zero. Wouldn't the person's lips be blue, etc etc?
 
2012-12-12 01:24:27 PM
abhorrent1: According to the Daily Mail,

WTF? Is the Daily Mail the go to source for US news now?


Welcome to the New Fark. Any failure of a right wing rag with a couple of bucks to throw around can litter the mainpage evidently.
 
2012-12-12 01:26:21 PM

Sybarite: Helium inhalation has become an popular method of suicide in recent years. According to a recent study, reported helium-related deaths spiked from two in 2010 to 42 in 2011

I was killing myself with helium before it became popular. All the cool kids have moved on to argon.


how noble
 
2012-12-12 01:28:17 PM
'Exit bags' have been a thing for a while now
 
2012-12-12 01:36:07 PM
Waste of valuable Helium. I intend to be frugal, and use cheap Nitrogen when I decide to check out.
 
2012-12-12 01:41:00 PM

SpectroBoy: If you continuously breath a non-toxic inert gas (like helium, which is cheap and easy to buy) you deprive the body of oxygen while avoiding the CO2 reflex. You simply pass out and (assuming you continue to breathe only helium) die peacefully.


That's true for helium, but interestingly xenon (another so-called "inert" gas) can be used as an anaesthetic.
 
2012-12-12 01:45:49 PM
I wonder if people who commit suicide this way spend the time until they die talking to themselves in silly voices, and does it bring them a little joy at the end?

/there's worse ways to go
 
2012-12-12 01:45:49 PM

JackieRabbit: Sybarite: Helium inhalation has become an popular method of suicide in recent years. According to a recent study, reported helium-related deaths spiked from two in 2010 to 42 in 2011

I was killing myself with helium before it became popular. All the cool kids have moved on to argon.

Damned hipsters.


Yeah, well, whatever. If you aren't using xenon from car headlights why bother?
 
2012-12-12 01:46:36 PM
goodbye cruel world!
 
2012-12-12 01:50:14 PM

mark12A: Waste of valuable Helium. I intend to be frugal, and use cheap Nitrogen when I decide to check out.


Sulfur hexafluoride for me. I want my last words to sound dramatic.
 
2012-12-12 01:58:40 PM
Helium is harmless. It is a standard gas used in deep scuba diving and even breathed at very high partial pressures has no ill effect.

But it does cause you to talk funny and makes you really, really cold. Hypothermia Induced Tourette Syndrome
 
2012-12-12 02:28:05 PM
because it supposedly isn't detectable in autopsies.).


The article disagrees with you.
 
2012-12-12 02:29:48 PM

Sybarite: Helium inhalation has become an popular method of suicide in recent years. According to a recent study, reported helium-related deaths spiked from two in 2010 to 42 in 2011

I was killing myself with helium before it became popular. All the cool kids have moved on to argon.


Nope, it's now sulphur hexaflouride. Do try to keep up... ;)
 
2012-12-12 02:30:21 PM
I'd go out on nitrous, personally.

Or suicide by cocaine. Literally die from partying too much, preferably with two hookers. If I'm going down, I'm going down hard.
 
2012-12-12 02:31:30 PM
We are running out of helium people - stop being selfish and using up our supply to use in party balloons.
 
2012-12-12 02:31:44 PM
It's also been used in asthma therapy.
When you inhale the mix of air and helium the lack of oxygen makes the alveoli enlarge in a search for more oxygen.
If you aren't committing suicide and are instead using it recreationally you might notice your breathing is changed.
recreationally would be speaking like a cartoon character.

for suicide, there are plans for a special hood designed for non assisted suicide.

Sounds nicer than hanging or electrocution or aerial brickwork and MUCH nicer than eating lead.
 
2012-12-12 02:33:08 PM
I was killing myself with helium before it became popular. All the cool kids have moved on to argon.

Nope, it's now sulphur hexaflouride. Do try to keep up... ;)


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2012-12-12 02:36:34 PM
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2012-12-12 02:36:34 PM

notmtwain: According to a recent study, reported helium-related deaths spiked from two in 2010 to 42 in 2011 while only 18 people were recorded as having died from the gas between 1993 and 2007.

These are probably not party deaths. Apparently, it's becoming a method of choice for assisted suicide ( because it supposedly isn't detectable in autopsies.).

But I guess it really is more dangerous than many previously thought.


If being undetectable was the primary goal, wouldn't nitrogen be a better choice?
 
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