“Diet pills” has claimed the existence of a woman from Britain and Interpol has issued an alert over the threat worldwide.
Issuing a warning to 190 nations globally after the demise of Eloise Parry and alleged overdose of a Frenchman, the world police agency believed the culprit was the toxic pesticide dinitrophenol, also known as DNP.
21-year old Parry, from Shrewsbury, Shropshire, expired at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital last month after ingesting the tablets believed to contain a highly-toxic chemical DNP.
The drug, which are used at times as a weight-loss or bodybuilding aid, is linked to five more deaths in the UK since 2007 and 2013 and causes difficulty in breathing, speeds up heart rates and induces fever, nausea and vomiting.
Upon the request of French health authorities, an Orange Notice was issued by Interpol, declaring DNP an “imminent threat” to consumers, which is also being used in explosives.
To disguise its clandestine operations from police officers and customers, some online distributors go to elaborate schemes of labelling DNP as the yellow spice turmeric because both look alike, Interpol said.
An agency statement added, “Although usually sold in yellow powder or capsule form, DNP is available as cream. Besides the dangers of DNP, the risks associated with use are magnified by illegal manufacturing conditions. In addition to being produced in clandestine laboratories with no hygienic regulations, without specialist manufacturing knowledge the producers expose consumers to an increased chance of overdose.”
World Anti-Doping Agency, otherwise known as Wada analyzed some samples taken in Australia, which prompted fears it has become available again on the black market, after withdrawn in the 1930s and in the 1980s after related deaths.
Director general of WADA David Howman said, ” We appreciate that Interpol has issued this global warning on DNP. This a perfect example of how crucial it is that law enforcement and anti-doping organizations continue to forge closer ties so that dangerous, and potentially fatal, substances such as DNP do not reach the hands of athletes.”