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INTERPOL issues global alert for potentially lethal illicit diet drug
LYON, France – A global alert has been issued by INTERPOL for 2.4-dinitrophenol (DNP), an illicit and potentially lethal drug used as a dieting and body-building aid.
The Orange Notice warning about DNP, which is also used as a raw material for explosives, was published after one woman died in the UK and a French man was left seriously ill after taking the substance.
Under its anti-doping project, INTERPOL collaborated with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and received additional information from the global anti-doping organization after one of the WADA-accredited laboratories received a sample of the drug following a seizure in Australia.
Issued at the request of the French Ministry of the Interior’s Central Office for the Protection of the Environment and Public Health (OCLAESP - Office central de lutte contre les atteintes à l’environnement et à la santé publique), the alert has been circulated to law enforcement in all 190 member countries, and a public version has also been made available to help raise awareness.