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Coro­ner de­mands crack­down on lethal diet pills

- Crime · Incidents · United States of America · United Kingdom · London · North Carolina · Florida · Leytonstone · Leytonstone

A CORO­NER has called for tougher laws to halt the sale of il­le­gal diet pills that claimed the life a 21- yearold man.

Vaido­tas Gerbu­tavi­cius told his dad he feared he would be “dead within an hour” and that he felt a “burn­ing sen­sa­tion” af­ter in­gest­ing dini­tro­phe­nol ( DNP).

It was mar­keted as a diet pill in 1930s Amer­ica but users can suf­fer high tem­per­a­tures, nau­sea, ab­dom­i­nal pain, seizures and or­gan dam­age. DNP – also used in ex­plo­sives – is banned for hu­mans in the UK.

Se­nior coro­ner Na­dia Per­saud told the in­quest in Waltham­stow, east Lon­don: “The cur­rent leg­is­la­tion is wholly in­ad­e­quate and in no way an ap­pro­pri­ate means by which to deal

Il­le­gal... drug DNP is banned for hu­mans with of­fences that can re­sult in the deaths of those who con­sume DNP.

“Those af­fected are of­ten young and vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple.” The court heard that Vaido­tas, a Lithua­nian con­struc­tion worker, had been over­weight un­til he was 18 but be­gan to slim in 2016. His fam­ily put it down to him get­ting older and a new girl­friend. Only on the day of his death in March 2018 did they re­alise he had been tak­ing the pills, pur­chased on the dark web.

He was rushed to Whipps Cross Hospi­tal in Ley­ton­stone, east Lon­don, but later died af­ter suf­fer­ing a car­diac ar­rest, pains and a high tem­per­a­ture. The coro­ner added: “DNP is not a drug, it’s a poi­son.”

Barry Wright, of North Carolina, who sold the drug, was sen­tenced to seven years in Florida in Fe­bru­ary.

Vic­tim... Vaido­tas Gerbu­tavi­cius, 21

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