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Bethany Shipsey bought the drugs which killed her from a Ukrainian computer expert and gym fanatic who took advantage of a loophole in the law to sell the deadly pills.
The 21-year-old bought the banned drugs, linked to at least eight deaths in Britain alone, quickly and easily on the internet from Andrey Shepelev, an investigation has found.
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The tablets were then posted to her family home in Worcestershire in a DVD case to avoid detection.
A year on from her death, the website she used is still running despite an investigation by the Food Standard Agency’s (FSA) national food crime unit – which is powerless to act outside the UK.
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The Daily Mail also found a number of other sites, including some with pages on Facebook, offering to sell the industrial chemical 2,4-Dinitrophenol, known as DNP, in pill form. It is not illegal to sell DNP, which was designed to be a pesticide and a chemical dye, but it is banned for human consumption.
Despite this, it is still marketed online as a super-strength ‘fat burner’. Videos on YouTube and adverts on Facebook promote it as a weight loss aid, with bodybuilders telling how they shed huge amounts in a short time.
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It works by accelerating the metabolism but can lead to dehydration, vomiting, restlessness, excessive sweating, rapid or irregular heartbeat, and death. Long-term use may cause damage to the heart and nervous system.
Beth’s parents have called for more to be done to tackle the online trade in DNP, which is also known as Solfo Black, Nitrophen, Aldifen, Chemox and Yellow Magic. They warned parents to be...
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