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Thursday, October 14, 2010 First RespondersPurpose and Scope:
To provide first responders and investigators information on an emerging suicide methodhich may be difficult to recognize forensically as a suicide and has implications for responder safety.he signs of d deaths.
The use of hazardous gasses in suicide attempts poses a threat to first responders.mation forituational awareness
and investigative purposes
Helium is nearly undetectable in toxicological probes, and it can be difficult to recognize thelium suicides. This is important information for officers investigating unexplaine
The Los Angeles Joint Regional Terrorism Threat Assessment Center (LAJRIC) distributed apublic safety bulletin on an emerging suicide method using helium and an “exit hood.” Helium suicides are stillrelatively rare however, in the last several years, information about the use of helium as a certain, fast, andpainless suicide method has spread on the Internet and in various suicide handbooks. First responders haveencountered helium suicides and other variations of this suicide method using chemicals which are hazardous tofirst responders in the District or National Capitol Region. The WRTAC is issuing the below infors
Helium Suicide Synopsis
Helium suicides also known as an “exit bag suicide” is a device consisting of alarge, clear plastic bag with a cord used to commit suicide. It is simple to make athome or can be bought over the internet. It is usually used in conjunction with aninert gas like helium or nitrogen, which prevents the panic, sense of suffocationand struggling even when unconscious (the hypercapnic alarm response) causedby the deprivation of oxygen in the presence of carbon dioxide. It also makes themethod of death difficult to trace if the bag and gas canister are removed beforethe death is reported. Helium is nearly undetectable in toxicological probes, animportant feature for individuals assisting suicides due to the possibility of crimlegal in Oregon, Washington, and Montana.inal charges. Assisted suicide is