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Teenage girl dies after inhaling helium at party

Oregon teenage girl dies after inhaling helium from a tank at drinking party By The Associated Press

EAGLE POINT, Ore. (AP) ' A teenage party that combined booze, marijuana and a tank of helium turned deadly last week after a 14-year-old passed out and died.

Fourteen-year-old Ashley Long suffered an embolism from the pressurized tank depriving her brain of oxygen.

The death sheds light on the deadly effects of helium, usually misused by people as a trick to give their voice a cartoon character sound.

But the death exposes the rare but real dangers of inhaling helium, especially from a pressurized tank.

Experts say parents should talk to their children about the dangers of ingesting any substance ' especially while drinking.


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