A “happy and bright” teen took her own life after being given a drug for acne, an inquest has been told.
Annabel Wright was taking Roaccutane for her acne when she died.
Her devastated and grieving mum and dad believe her death was linked to acne medication she had been put on months before.
Her mother, Helen Wright, told an inquest in Northallerton, North Yorkshire, that her daughter had shown no signs of depression and her death “just didn’t make any sense”.
Annabel was found dead in her bedroom just 20 minutes after chatting to her dad Simon Wright, with her family adamant she “was not bothered” by her skin condition and was happy before taking Roaccutane.
Annabel saw her GP about her acne at the age of 12 and was later referred to a dermatologist at Harrogate District Hospital when she was 14.
Mrs Wright said she raised the issue of suicide being a potential side effect, at their first appointment at the hospital in October 2018, when the doctor suggested Roaccutane.
Mrs Wright told the inquest that the doctor told her that people may take their own lives because they are depressed about their acne.
She said: “And Annabel wasn’t. She wasn’t depressed about her skin.”
Mrs Wright said: “If you sit opposite an expert in their field and they’ve said to you, ‘it could be argued it’s because children are depressed about their acne’, it sways your thinking.”
She added: “I wasn’t made aware that suicidal impulses could overcome a perfectly normal person.”
“It never occurred to me this might be because of the drug,” she said.
“I was looking out for depression with Annabel, and low mood, thinking that would be a precursor to what eventually happened, but it wasn’t.”
Annabel’s father, Simon Wright, added: “We thought it was just silliness and a stern talking to, followed by some love and affection, was all that was required.”
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Mrs Wright said: “It just didn’t make any sense. Why would somebody go from being totally happy to killing themselves?”
She added: “It came over her in a wave, I’m sure of it.”
Mrs Wright continued: “There was nothing that indicated she had been planning anything.
“Her last words to me were ‘don’t wash my trousers, I’ll need them tomorrow’.”
Mr Wright said he had an “every day, normal conversation” with his daughter on the evening of her death.
He said: “I would have known if she was agitated or crying. It was just nothing.”
Mr Wright told the inquest he believed Annabel’s death was linked to Roaccutane.
He said: “There was no precursor of depression, mood change, being morose or anything like that.
“Annabel was Annabel and that’s why I believe it was linked.”
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