‘Empire’ actress’ sodium nitrite suicide is part of a disturbing trend.

John Kevin

A medical examiner’s report revealed this week. Kingdom Actress Lindsay Perlman died of sodium nitrite poisoning by suicide in February — and she’s not alone. His death is part of a worrying trend that has alarmed authorities and victims’ families suing Amazon for selling the substance, a common food preservative that can be fatal if consumed in large quantities. can lead to

Pearlman was found dead in her car on Feb. 13, authorities said, after a five-day search for the actress, who appeared on TV shows. Chicago Justice And General Hospital. While family members ruled her death a suicide, according to the medical examiner’s report the people This week the magazine explained that Perlman died of sodium nitrite poisoning. She was only 43 years old.

Perlman’s death comes as authorities in the United States, Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom struggle to keep sodium nitrate out of the hands of vulnerable people. Poison centers across the United States have received an alarming number of reports of people poisoning themselves by consuming nitrites and nitrites. In 2021, centers saw a 166 percent increase in deaths compared to 2018 as sodium nitrate became increasingly accessible online. Some websites have even discussed how the compound could be used as a suicide method – angering the victims’ families.

If you or a loved one is struggling with suicidal thoughts, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or the crisis text line by texting TALK to 741741. Contact.

Stateside, seven members of Congress wrote an open letter to Amazon the same month Perlman died, urging the company to ban the sale of sodium nitrate to people. The letter cited the “ease and speed” with which vulnerable people could buy the compound as a “serious concern”. gave The New York Times Reported

Sodium nitrate was available on Amazon’s website on Tuesday and could be delivered in as little as three days. It is this ease of access that has doctors and authorities worried.

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Lindsey Perlman, 43, died in February of sodium nitrite poisoning.

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Lindsey Perlman, 43, died in February of sodium nitrite poisoning.

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Developed as a synthetic curing salt that preserves meat, sodium nitrate has a practical use — just not one for most people, says Dr. Kyle Pierce, a resident emergency room physician at Yale University Hospital. Wrote in the journal. Clinical toxicology last year.

Pires wrote that he treated a 28-year-old woman who died of sodium nitrite poisoning after she bought it on Amazon.

Pires suggested that all hospitals carry doses of the antidote, methylene blue, which, if given early, can prevent death.

“There’s an argument that it’s a slip to ban the sale of something that’s legal just because some people are using it to kill themselves,” Dr. Pires said. gave The New York Times in February. But the doctor added that a small number of hobbyists use the chemical to cure meat, while a growing number of young people are using it to kill themselves.

“A small number of hobbyists use this chemical to cure meat at home versus a growing number of young people, including teenagers, using it to kill themselves,” Pires said. “To me, it’s a simple calculation.”

It is not known how many people have died from sodium nitrite in the United States, but several doctors, like Pierce, have reported that it is an increasing method of suicide. Elsewhere, the UK Department of Health and Social Care says it has worked to restrict the sale of the chemical to individuals.

Metalchem, a British chemical vendor, stopped selling the compound to the public in 2020 after its chief executive, Mike Kay, noticed a staggering number of people using it to commit suicide. told The Daily Beast in an email on Tuesday. He tried to warn other European sellers of its dangers and many agreed to stop selling, but the British are still able to get their hands on the chemical by ordering it from overseas.

“I was scared,” Kay said. “We stopped selling all to private individuals, because buyers would just lie about why they wanted it.”

Kay says his company now only sells the chemical after it has been mixed and cannot easily be used for consumption. Instead, he says, it can still be used to cure meat as well as promote coral growth in marine aquariums.

In Ontario, Canada, sodium nitrite was blamed for 23 suicides in 2019 and 2020, according to a study released last year.

Amazon is being sued by a mother who lost her 27-year-old son to sodium nitrite last year. The company did not respond to queries by The Daily Beast on Tuesday.

Lawyers for grieving mother Ruth Scott have called sodium nitrite “suicide powder”. His lawsuit — which claims Amazon is the No. 1 seller of the suicide compound — seeks damages from Amazon for “taking advantage of vulnerable people dying by suicide.”

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