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Heartbroken dad warns of slim pill risk

Martha Linden

Published 24/04/2013 | 05:00

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Undated family handout photo of Sarah Houston, 23, who was was found dead in her bedroom after taking dinitrophenol, known as DNP, an inquest heard yesterday. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday April 23, 2013. Miss Houston, from Chesham, Buckinghamshire, had battled with anorexia and bulimia. West Yorkshire coroner David Hinchliff said he would urge all relevant Government departments to take action to control DNP after he heard how Miss Houston had secretly taken the pills. See PA story HEALTH DNP. Photo credit should read: Family Handout/PA Wire 

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Sarah Houston, 23, who was was found dead in her bedroom after taking dinitrophenol, known as DNP, an inquest heard yesterday.

Parents of a medical student who died from a banned weight-loss aid have called for the sale of the pesticide in capsule form to be outlawed.

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Sarah Houston (23), a bulimia sufferer, was found dead in her Leeds bedroom after secretly taking dinitrophenol, known as DNP, in September last year.

Geoff and Gina Houston, from Chesham, Buckinghamshire, yesterday said they wanted to highlight the dangers of the substance to prevent further tragedies.

The couple called for new regulation of the chemical and a ban on the "morally repugnant" practice of selling it in capsules.

Speaking after an inquest, Mr Houston (55) said: "In capsule form you can hardly spray your crops with it. If it is used as a pesticide then it comes in a liquid form and therefore would be sold in drums.

"No parent should suffer this type of grief of losing a child."

Irish Independent

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