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Interpol Issues World Alert over Deadly ‘Diet Pills’


A world alert has been issued over the dangers of buying and using deadly diet pills following the death of the young British woman Eloise Parry.

The student is thought to have died after taking a highly toxic substance known as Dinitrophenol (DNP) sold in the form of a 'diet pill'.

The drug, often sold as a weight-loss or body building aid, has been used in explosives.

The police agency Interpol has raised the alarm of the dangerous effects of the drugs across 190 countries after a Frenchman fell critically ill after taking the toxic pesticide.

At the request of the French authorities Interpol issued an Orange Notice declaring an "imminent threat" to consumers from DNP.

"Although usually sold in yellow powder or capsule form, DNP is also available as a cream. Besides the intrinsic dangers of DNP, the risks associated with its use are magnified by illegal manufacturing conditions" the Interpol statement said.

"In addition to being produced in clandestine laboratories with no hygiene regulations, without specialist manufacturing knowledge the producers also expose consumers to an increased chance of overdose."

In the 1930's and 1980's the drug was withdrawn from the market following related deaths but there are fears that the drug is becoming widely available on the black-market.

"We are appreciative that Interpol has issued this global warning on DNP" said David Howman, director general of The World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada)

"This is a perfect example of how crucial it is that law enforcement and anti-doping organisations continue to forge closer ties so that dangerous, and potentially fatal, substances such as DNP do not reach the hands of athletes."

Source: The Express

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