University student Sarah Houston was 23 and receiving treatment for anorexia and bulimia when she was found dead by her flatmate in September last year. A lethal combination of antidepressants and illegal weight loss product Dinitrophenol (DNP) were the cause of her untimely death.
Campaigners warn that these slimming pills will claim more lives if action is not taken. Jim Dobbin, a microbiologist and MP has called for a review of the law in regards to DNP. The drug has been linked to 62 deaths across the globe, but due to a legal loophole it is still available to buy.
Mr Dobbin has said: “It is unacceptable that lives are being put at risk by ineffective legislation and control of Internet trade in potentially lethal products.”
DNP is currently illegal for human consumption, but can legally be sold as a pesticide. Officially the...