Deadly 'fat shredder' drug back, despite Schedule 10 ban

Four patients have died after using DNP, which was banned in 2017

The banned ‘fat shredder’ 2,4-dinitrophenol (DNP) is experiencing a resurgence as an illicit body building supplement, poisons specialists warn.

The yellow crystalline substance was tried in the 1930s as a weight-loss drug and subsequently banned in the US because it caused fatal hyperthermia.

But it has resurfaced in Australia and abroad, often being sold online and labelled as turmeric, the researchers from the NSW Poisons Information Centre wrote in a letter to the Medical Journal of Australia last week

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