Interpol now warns internationally against the deadly slimming product called DNP, which is linked to several deaths.
On Monday, Interpol issued a global warning against a slimming product that can be linked to several deaths in Europe, including in England.
In a press release Interpol writes that the substance is used in diet pills, and that it is used in some bodybuilder environments. The drug makes the body becomes very hot, which can make it practically "burn" from within.
The drug is called 2,4-dinitrophenol (DNP) and is fatal.
The warning, which is sent out to 190 countries, comes after a British woman died on April 12th.
DNP was originally used as one of several substances used in explosives during WWI. But among factory workers a dramatic increase in metabolism and fierce weight loss was detected, and it was therefore recommended not to use DNP.
Until 1930 it was used as a slimming product, before the first research showed heavy damage to people who used DNP.
The fresh warning from Interpol comes after urging from French authorities. A French man is seriously ill after taking pills with DNP, and it is particularly associated with pills sold online.
Distributors often notice the pills as slimming products.
- It is most common that DNP is sold as pills or powder, but there are also creams, says French police.
DNP - Stay clear!
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