A young British girl is dead after taking diet pills she bought online.
Eloise Aimee Parry, 21, used the Internet to purchase tablets containing dinitrophenol (DNP), which is a toxic chemical the French used during World War I to create explosives, The Guardian reports.
More recently, it has been sold as a weight-loss supplement due to how quickly it speeds up metabolism.
Parry, who purchased the pills online, started feeling sick on the afternoon of April 12, so she drove herself to the hospital.
She didn't appear to be in great pain, but a toxicology report revealed death was imminent.
Parry's mother, Fiona Parry, said in a statement released by police,
Doctors said just two of these tablets could kill someone, and Parry had taken eight.
Her mother added,
Once DNP enters the system, the mother was told, there is nothing that can be done to get out.
Parry died just hours after taking the toxic pills.
Police are investigating the source of the pills, CBS News reports, and have strictly warned against buying diet supplements from unregistered websites.
DNP pills rose in popularity due to claims they can help shred up to 15 pounds in just one week.
The chemical has since been attributed to the deaths of over 60 people and was deemed "extremely dangerous to human health" and "not fit for human consumption" by Britain's Food Standards Agency.
The drug isn't illegal, however, because of its value as a pesticide.
Websites tend to sell DNP-based diet pills with no warning outside of a clause stating the retailer is not responsible for dosage-related side effects.