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Eloise's mother: DNP should stand for 'do not purchase'

Eloise Parry's mother has urged others not to follow in her daughter's footsteps after an inquest into the student's death found she had accidentally taken an overdose of highly toxic diet pills containing the drug DNP.

Speaking outside the inquest today Fiona Parry said: "Eloise decided that even though she'd been told DNP was dangerous being slimmer was worth the risk. She was wrong.

"If anything it was even more dangerous than she'd been told. DNP - do not purchase, do no partake, do not please, death's not pleasant."

ITV News Correspondent Ben Chapman reports:

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Buying diet pills online is like playing 'Russian roulette'

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has told ITV News that people buying so-called diet pills online are "playing Russian Roulette with their life".

In an interview, pharmacist Neil Patel said:

"If you buy diet pills online you are playing Russian Roulette with your life.

You are actually buying products that have been banned in the UK because they cause serious life threatening side-effects such as heart attacks and strokes."


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Coroner to write to health minister about 'toxic' diet drug

A coroner has said he will write to the health minister about the "toxic and fatal" drug dinitrophenol, also known as DNP, after ruling that 21-year-old Eloise Parry died of an accidental overdose of the 'diet pill'.

Senior Coroner for Shropshire, John Ellery, said: "What is clear, is she took DNP in relation to her eating disorder, and her death was an accidental consequence."

Eloise Parry died in April after taking dinitrophenol tablets, also known as DNP. Credit: NHS Choices

This is a clearly a dangerous, toxic and fatal substance which should not be accessible and certainly not to persons seeking online self-prescribed medication.

– Senior Coroner for Shropshire, John Ellery.

He added: "If the minister considers it appropriate to see whether DNP should be a classified substance that would be an appropriate outcome from this inquest."

Eloise Parry's death caused by 'accidental drug overdose'

Eloise Parry, 21, who died after taking diet pills Credit: West Mercia Police

A coroner has ruled that Eloise Parry's death was caused by accidental drug overdose during an inquest.

Adding there was no evidence to suggest it was suicide.

The 21-year-old died at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital in April after taking a dangerous number of a banned diet pill. Prompting police to issue a warning about the dangers of buying medicines and supplements online.

Officers from West Mercia Police said tablets taken by Miss Parry were believed to include a quantity of dinitrophenol, also known as DNP.

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