Sarah Houston, who was studying in Leeds University, was found dead in her bedroom by her flatmate last September. She had reportedly refused to call an ambulance after feeling unwell and was secretly taking Dinitrophenol (DNP) in combination with a prescription anti-depressant.
The inquest heard that Sarah had taken 38 pills from a packet of 100 DNP pills, which have been banned for human use.
Coroner David Hinchliff criticized the manufacturers of the pill as he entered a misadventure verdict and said that they should be aware that their capsules are being bought by people who use it as a drug. Stating that the world has lost a bright person, Sarah's father, Geoff Houston said, "The world has lost a bright, bubbly person who would have gone on to making people's lives better. Sarah loved life and was passionate about helping others less fortunate than herself."