After the recent news that 21 year old Shrewsbury student Eloise Aimee Parry died after taking online diet pills we look at the dangers and considerations of buying and consuming pills online.
The drugs that Eloise consumed are believed to have contained dinitrophenol, known as DNP (a highly toxic industrial chemical), to which there is no antidote if ingested; the FSA (Food Standards Agency) have previously advised is not fit for human consumption.
Her mother Fiona Parry said: “The drug was in her system, there was no antidote, two tablets was a lethal dose – and she had taken eight.”
“She had taken so much DNP that the consequences were inevitable.”
Medications should only be handed out by health professionals so that they can advise on dosage, suitability, side-effects and also interactions with any other drugs you are already taken. Additionally, buying drugs online could mean that they were from an unregistered sources and therefore be out-of-date, diluted or counterfeit.
What can you do?
According to the NHS website these are some of the things you should look for when buying drugs or pills online:
- Always get your medicine from a pharmacy or a reputable outlet.
- It is never a good idea to take a prescription medicine without a valid prescription. The medicine may not be suitable for you and could result in unpleasant side effects or serious health risks.
- Medicines should not be seen as regular consumer products. Fake medicines can cause real harm to your health.
- Don’t be tempted by “spam” emails advertising cheap medicine. If something looks too good to be true, it usually is.
- Check for the internet pharmacy logo when buying medicine online.
- You can also check the registration status of the pharmacist by looking for the name and address of the pharmacy operating the website, as it should be connected to a “bricks and mortar” pharmacy.
- Medicine sold from disreputable websites can be poor quality at best and dangerous at worst. What you receive in the post could be counterfeit, substandard or unapproved new drugs, which can put your safety at risk.
Have you ever purchased drugs or pills online? We’d love to hear about your experiences positive or negative via the comment section below.