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Woman dies after taking 'diet pills' bought over internet

By TheBigBadWolf, Apr 21, 2015 | Updated: Apr 21, 2015 | | |
  1. TheBigBadWolf
    Eloise Aimee Parry, 21, from Shrewsbury, ‘burned up from the inside’ after taking tablets believed to contain highly toxic chemical dinitrophenol. Police in Shropshire have issued a warning after the death of a woman who took “diet pills” bought over the internet.

    Doctors were unable to save Eloise Aimee Parry, 21, from Shrewsbury, who took the tablets believed to contain the highly toxic industrial chemical dinitrophenol, also known as DNP.

    Her mother, Fiona Parry, said her daughter had burned up from the inside and her metabolism “exploded like TNT” after taking the pills.

    She said her daughter began feeling unwell at about lunchtime on 12 April and drove herself to Royal Shrewsbury hospital, where she explained to doctors what she had taken. She said there was no great panic because “[Eloise] was still completely lucid and with it. At this point she still seemed to be OK.”

    That changed when doctors carried out a toxicology report. “The drug was in her system, there was no antidote, two tablets was a lethal dose and she had taken eight,” Fiona Parry said in a tribute posted online. “As Eloise deteriorated, the staff in A&E did all they could to stabilise her.

    “As the drug kicked in and started to make her metabolism soar, they attempted to cool her down, but they were fighting an uphill battle. She was literally burning up from within. When she stopped breathing, they put her on a ventilator and carried on fighting to save her.

    “When her heart stopped they couldn’t revive her. She had crashed. She had taken so much DNP that the consequences were inevitable. They never stood a chance of saving her. She burned and crashed.”

    Parry died the same day. Her mother added that that she would be greatly missed by everyone who knew her.

    Speaking on Sky News, she said: “Once it’s in your system, there is nothing that will get it out again. Please don’t take this drug. If you’re somebody that makes the mistake that my daughter did, and takes too many of these pills, the doctors won’t be able to get them out of your system. It’s an awful way to die. I wouldn’t wish it on anybody.”

    West Mercia police are conducting an investigation into Parry’s death and have issued a warning about buying diet pills online.

    Ch Insp Jennifer Mattinson said: “We are undoubtedly concerned over the origin and sale of these pills, and are working with partner agencies to establish where they were bought from and how they were advertised.

    “The coroner’s report will establish the exact cause of Eloise’s death, but we urge the public to be incredibly careful when purchasing medicine or supplements over the internet. Substances from unregistered websites could put your health at risk as they could be extremely harmful, out-of-date or fake.”

    DNP was first used in French munition factories during the first world war to make explosives. The chemical became popular among people trying to lose weight, including those with eating disorders and bodybuilders, after clinical trials revealed it can result in the loss of up to 7kg in a week.

    It does this by accelerating a person’s metabolism to a “dangerously fast level”, the NHS Choices website warns. Side-effects include skin lesions and cataracts and in some cases people have “literally cooked to death” after taking a fatal doses of the drug.

    DNP was designated as “extremely dangerous and not fit for human consumption” in 1938 and is regulated by the Food Standards Agency (FSA). It is not an illegal substance, because it is used as a pesticide. Websites offer the drug without restriction, sometimes in capsule form, with only a clause stating that they do not take responsibility for how customers administer it.

    Eloise Parry’s death is the fifth in the UK to be attributed to DNP, and more than 60 people worldwide have died as a result of taking it. In 2013, Sarah Houston, a 23-year-old student, was found dead in her bedroom after taking DNP. Houston’s parents, both doctors, called for an end to the “morally repugnant” practice of selling the drug in capsule form.

    The previous year, Sarmad Alladin, an 18-year-old bodybuilder, died after taking DNP to lose weight, and Sean Cleathero, a 28-year-old father of one, died after taking the drug, which he got from a gym.

    The Food Standards Agency has previously issued advice against consumption of DNP in any form, which it said “can be extremely dangerous to human health”.

    Public Health England said it was working with other agencies to raise awareness of DNP among healthcare professionals and the public. “DNP is not licensed as a medicine in the UK and is classified as a hazardous chemical as a result of its toxicity,” it said in a statement. “Adverse health effects are more common after taking high doses but severe adverse effects can occur when the drug is taken in the doses recommended on websites or by suppliers.”

    Photograph: West Mercia Police/PA

    Author: Nadia Khomami

    Tuesday 21 April 2015 08.14 BST Last modified on Tuesday 21 April 2015 18.20 BST
    Photograph: West Mercia Police/PA


  1. Joe-(5-HTP)
    I watched the BBC (UK news) interview the head of public health England (Who run the Talk to Frank website) about this story today.

    It was interesting how similar to a typical drug overdose story about a novel RC the interview was. Until the reporter asked this question:

    "What healthier alternatives to this diet pill exist for people?"

    It's a shame this question would never be asked by an interviewer in a story about a novel RC that was for recreational use rather than 'diet pill' use. It's just as reasonable a question and is likely to lead to a better-informed public who can make healthier choices.

    Unfortunately giving people information they can make healthier choices with is unthinkable given the current hysteria and irrationality surrounding recreational drug use issues.
  2. TheBigBadWolf
    Is not the question:
    "Which behaviour is better and healthier than taking any old pill for any old thing that people want immediately solved?"

    People think pills can do everything from taking away my headache to making me slim when I'm a fat person. It's about rational use of drugs, to see when do I need to change my behaviour to achieve something and when (like with a headache at work, for instance) it really is useful to take a drug.

    recreational use for me IS useful taking of a drug.
    Taking a 'diet' pill instead of changing behaviours is not useful taking of a drug.

    Serves people right when they ingest any fucking substance they know jack shit about it. Served me right for instance, when I took my triple methadone dose together with a 100mg amitryptillin, fell asleep sitting crosslegged and as result had a limp right leg for four months. Thats what happens.
    I 've been lucky - Eloise was not.

  3. DeepGreenSea
    So many factors coming together in this poor woman's death-BBW is right in suggesting we've become a
    people who turn to pills to fix everything. The look on people's faces when you tell them that a drug won't solve their problem, instantly cure their disease, is kind of scary. Anger, disbelief, paranoia-and then determination "oh I'll find something." When the FDA can't fix it, they move towards the Interweb. They KNOW there's something! This is what capitalism has sold them-the idea that with enough money any diagnosis/consequence can be circumvented...

    But then we have the idea that all these young girls who are so convinced their bodies are wrong, FAT, that they will willingly ingest anything to make that FAT feeling go away. Because FAT can be a sort of feeling-it feels like a mixture of shame, weakness and greed. For these women it isn't as much about weight loss (as most of them don't have any BMI issues at all) as it is about FAT loss-shutting up that emotion as soon as humanly possible. Because it is a horrible feeling. If you read any Harry Potter FAT is like having a Dementor sit on your lap.

    Learn to love yourself. It is a truly radical idea but it can be done. Fail to love your body and it will eventually stop loving you...
  4. antagonistx
    DNP is some nasty scary shit. There is no coming back from an overdose, and even using it as a supplement properly it has some toxic effects (the rapid release of toxins are very hard on the kidney and livers as fat is burned). I'm pretty amazed she managed to get her hands on it clearly not knowing anything about it. How could anyone sell another person that and not stress the dangers. 8 fucking pills, that's like an overkill suicide dose.

    Sad story either way - probably the worst way to go.

    We've all dabbled and we've all made our mistakes - many of us are lucky to live and learn from them. If anything, I hope this article will raise awareness as to how dangerous DNP is.
  5. TheBigBadWolf
    Some of us drugsters have had to learn that one the hard way. My body for sure stopped loving me when I lived the life of a street-based junky.
    Took quite some time to accept my body as a part of me that is as it is, regardless what socially conditened ideas of faulty proportions, too big or too small we have.
    We don't get another one.

  6. Alien Sex Fiend
    Trying to lose weight by taking unknown pills from internet and dying from trying to lose weight is a ridiculous death

    Sorry everyone, its indeed a tragic situation
  7. TheBigBadWolf
    It is far from ridiculous

    Ridiculous means making one laugh.
    He who can laugh about This is wearing his humour on The backside of his underpants.

    Tragic was probably The word on you were looking for..

    Or go write it to The Mum of The deceased, if You really meant ridiculous.
  8. mer kaba
    So sad just looking at that picture. I hope this sparks a good thread, and dialogue about just what BBW brought up in his above post.
    Lets not let this girls death be in vain.

    What!? how is this in any fucking way ridiculous? I'd really like to know.
  9. Alien Sex Fiend
    I meant that the decision to buy unknown diet pills over the internet and dieing to lose weight as a result is a Darwin Award

    Sorry everyone, its indeed a tragic situation
  10. mer kaba
    Oh.. God. Your very lucky I don't want(and can't afford) any negative points for flaming ASF.
  11. Joe-(5-HTP)
    Well she had an eating disorder and taking these pills was part of that problem. Since it's our society which creates the problem of eating disorders, maybe as a species we all deserve the darwin award.

    Honestly, whether it's nuclear war or environmental disaster, that award is actually coming.
  12. DeepGreenSea
    Oh Joe, you say the sweetest things!

    BBW is right though-many of us drugsters have had to learn the love your body lesson the hard way-I bow to his knowledge of The Street, cause I never had to go through that-but so many of us spend so much of our time in a Slow Suicide Pattern...because we don't believe we are worth much more than that.

    I don't think she was stupid as much as So Desperate she became Senseless-which is much scarier than stupid.

    We all see people everyday who are on the cusp of this kind of feeling-we just don't know who they are. So-unless someone is a Total Shit (and those happen too) better to just throw as much Good Feelings around as you can. You never know-your tiny bit of kindness may keep those pills out of their mouth another day, keep them from Relapse, keep them (or you) alive a little longer....

    It makes The Speaker feel better as well...
  13. TheBigBadWolf
    For sure. ^^

    throwing around kindness is what makes people refrain from feeling like shit.

    Sadly this is mostly valid for RealLifeTM.

    And Joe hits it on the head - our whole crazy human race is going to wipe itself out. As a youth I thought they'd take the short way.
    Sadly they seem to have decided that there's more money to make from persons who don't know who they are, who they are meant to be and then finally are so senseless to be throwing in diet pills eightfold the normal dose (even if it's a damn poison there is a dose which to take obviously is NOT fatal).
    So we're probably going extinct each for themselves. I thought nuclear holocaust would at least have been a great view -for some time.


    DeepGreenSea, nothing to bow before. This time when I collected the street knowledge was the worst part of my life by now and I'm only glad I some day had the lucidity to stop this way of life - I would have ended up a decade ago in a morgue or in jail.
    I'm here partly to spread some of the knowledge that I gathered and hope others read it before they have to make these experiences themselves. Nobody would be keen on what I have been doing so I have survived.
    I would make a god responsible for me being alive today, if I was somewhat of a believing person.
    So I can only attribute it to a moment of lucidity to get into Methadone Maintenance treatment.
    Hadn't it occurred I'd be nowhere now.

  14. TheBigBadWolf
    Interpol warning after diet pill death

    Eloise Parry bought diet pills online hoping to lose weight but soon after taking them the 21-year-old's body overheated and her heart stopped.

    Interpol has issued a global alert about the dangers of taking dieting pills bought online following the death of a young woman who "burnt up from the inside" after taking the tablets.

    Eloise Parry, 21, died in hospital in England last month after ingesting pills containing the industrial chemical 2.4-dinitrophenol (DNP), an illicit and potentially lethal drug used as a dieting and body-building aid.

    The chemical, used in pesticides and as a base material for certain explosives, also left a man in France critically ill last year.
    Eloise Parry, 21, died after taking eight diet pills she bought online.

    Eloise Parry, 21, died after taking eight diet pills she bought online. Photo: Twitter (@EllaParry1994)

    Interpol issued an Orange Notice, warning of an imminent threat, to law enforcement agencies in 190 countries this week, after a sample of the drug seized in Australia was tested at a World Anti-Doping Agency laboratory.

    In a statement, Interpol said the pills were produced in clandestine laboratories with no hygiene regulations, and "without specialist manufacturing knowledge, the producers also expose consumers to an increased chance of overdose".

    "In the 1930s DNP was used to boost metabolism and encourage weight loss, but it was taken out of circulation because of several deaths," Interpol said.

    Fairfax Media visited a number of websites selling the diet pills that advertised that they shipped the products to Australia.

    The chemical is usually sold in yellow powder or capsule form, but is also available as a cream.

    The powder resembles the yellow spice turmeric, and black market manufacturers selling the pills online often try to mask the true ingredient of their product by claiming it is the spice, Interpol said.

    The packaging on one box purchased online said: "Health and Beauty Turmeric capsules Extra Strength 125 mg each capsule. Contains 125 mg of Turmeric Powder DO NOT USE IF SEAL IS BROKEN."

    Ms Parry died in Royal Shrewsbury Hospital in Shropshire, in the West Midlands of England, last month after taking eight of the tablets she bought online.

    She began feeling unwell and drove herself to hospital on April 12, and explained to doctors that she had taken the pills.

    She was "completely lucid" at first, her mother Fiona said in an online tribute to her daughter, but doctors realised how seriously ill she was when they carried out a toxicology report.

    Fiona said her daughter's metabolism "exploded like TNT" after she took the pills to lose weight.

    "As the drug kicked in and started to make her metabolism soar, they attempted to cool her down but they were fighting an uphill battle," Fiona wrote.

    "She was literally burning up from within. When she stopped breathing, they put her on a ventilator and carried on fighting to save her.

    "When her heart stopped they couldn't revive her. She had crashed. She had taken so much DNP that the consequences were inevitable. They never stood a chance of saving her. She burnt and crashed."

    NSW Police have been contacted for comment.


    May 6, 2015 , Megan Levy on "The Sydney Morning Herald"
    Megan Levy

    Megan Levy
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