Interpol have issued a global alert last night over fears that certain diet pills have been responsible for the death of six young Britons.
Police in 190 countries have been warned that the toxic chemical DNP is being falsely marketed as a ‘miracle diet pill’ to customers unaware of the dangers of using dodgy online sites.
This chemical has been linked to a number of recent deaths, including student Eloise Aimee Parry, who took eight tablets of 4-Dinitrophenol. This proved to be a lethal dose.
The pills work by causing the body to overheat, the intention here is to accelerate the metabolism and burn more fat. However, it also causes extreme dehydration, vomiting and a rapid, irregular heartbeat.
The scary thing is, these pills are being sold for as little as 70p per tablet! Some might consider that cheap for a compound strong enough to be used as an explosive!
This Interpol Orange notice is a signal that authorities are really struggling to block the sale of DNP from anonymous websites that are based overseas.
This is becoming a really serious issue and we cannot stress the dangers of using DNP enough.
For more information see our article on the dangers of Dinitrophenol
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