• 2,4-Dinitrophenol (DNP) is banned for human consumption in the UK
  • Ex-slimming pill user Jemma Crozier-Hacking has urged people taking the drug to seek a healthier route to lose weight
  • Statistics suggest DNP consumption soared from 2011 to 2013
  • Jim McVeigh, director of Centre for Public Health, suggested DNP’s greater online availability is one of the principle causes for this increase
  • Fitness trainer Matthew Monks said some diet pills are not harmful

A FORMER diet pill consumer from Salford has urged people taking slimming supplements containing DNP to “stop playing with fire” after another victim recently died from taking an overdose.

Jemma Crozier-Hacking took Malice, a thermogenic diet pill, for six months to help loose a few pounds before her wedding last year.

The 26-year-old stopped taking the supplements in December 2014 after suffering “horrendous” side effects and she does not agree with the illegal supplements.

She said: “Stop taking DNP right now.  Don’t play with fire, it’s just not worth it. You’re better off being fat than taking DNP.”

Eloise Parry, 21, from Shrewsbury, died in hospital on April 12 after swallowing eight diet pills, six more than the lethal dose containing DNP.

The latest statistics announced by the National Poisons Information Service (NPIS), suggests that DNP consumption has increased in recent years.

The drug was associated with five deaths from January 1 2007 to December 31 2013.

The number of DNP enquiries made by health professionals in the UK through searches on TOXBASE, the NPIS toxicology database, saw a sharp rise from 2011 to 2013.

SOURCE: National Poisons Information Service

Jim McVeigh, director of Centre for Public Health, said the greater awareness among clinicians following the increasing numbers of fatalities where previously DNP may not have been identified, could have prompted this rise.

He said the wider availability of the product on the internet was also a key factor.

The substance use epidemiology expert added that “the genie is now out of the bottle” and believes these figures will only continue to increase:

“It’s clear that this is an agent that will cause dramatic weight loss. People think it wouldn’t happen to them and they have a misguided view of trust in products on the internet.”

Matthew Monks, a fitness instructor at the University of Salford Sport Centre, said certain slimming supplements are acceptable during the final stages of a diet.

He recommended people to read the packaging labels to make sure they obey the dosage limits, so their body can adjust to the supplements.

Matthew Monks speaks about the diet pills which are safe and when they can be consumed appropriately:

Miss Manchester finalist Vanessa Lea said all diet pills should be made illegal.

“I think people should lose weight the healthy way, rather than taking potentially fatal risks,” she said.

Watch Vanessa Lea’s three top tips on how to keep fit and healthy:

By Carlie Foster

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