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Deadly diet drug DNP can kill

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has issued a warning about an industrial chemical used in pesticides and explosives which is unfit for human consumption but sold illegally on the Internet for weight loss.

DNP (2,4-dinitrophenol) acts as a “fat burner by raising the metabolism to dangerous levels and has contributed to a significant number of deaths, as well as instances of serious harm to health, in the UK.

Despite its dangers, DNP has gained in popularity among the fitness and bodybuilding communities. It has also been sold to consumers with eating disorders or body image concerns.