Interpol has issued a global alert over deadly diet pills for sale online which are thought to have killed a British student.
The global police organization made the alert over 2.4-Dinitrophenol (DNP), which can 'literally cook' someone from the inside, after the death of 21 year-old Eloise Parry from Shropshire in the UK in April. A French man is also in a serious condition after having taken the substance.
Interpol collaborated with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), who analyzed the drug after it had been seized in Australia. Meanwhile, following a request by French health authorities, Interpol declared DNP-based drugs an 'imminent threat' to anyone who may have taken it around the world.
DNP was used in France during the First World War to help to manufacture explosives. However, it was also found to increase the metabolism and cause weight loss among those working in the armament factories. It was later used as a weight loss stimulant, but was taken out of service in the 1930s and banned in the US after being found to be responsible for several deaths. The use of DNP has been on the rise since 2007, according to a report published last year.
"It can be extremely dangerous to human health."