I had never heard of this before but it doesn’t surprise me. Apparently people use Ipecac to purge when they’re bulimic. It’s enough of a problem that New York all-but passed a bill (it’s waiting for the governor’s signature) that would make it so people who want to buy Ipecac or the generic versions would have to speak to a pharmacist or store manager. The reason why this law was proposed was because a teenage girl died after abusing it; it caused her heart to stop and she died. Her mother lobbied for the bill to hopefully make it so it doesn’t happen to someone else.
Ipecac abuse was also a factor in Karen Carpenter’s death.
So sad. Disordered eating is such a horrible thing but I don’t think that people realize how deadly it can be. I think that people don’t understand it, also, and easily invest in disordered eating patterns in order to “diet” and “lose weight.” Just look at calorie-counting and how hard that’s pushed by so many different places. Or diet pills that, rather than helping you change your eating habits to include less processed and healthier food, make it so you just don’t feel hungry and boost your metabolism to insanely high speeds while you take them.It just boggles my mind at how disordered eating is pushed by the weight loss and diet industry.
Anyway, to read more about this issue, here’s a link: