Global Alert Issued for Illicit Diet Drug

(Ottawa, ON – May 26, 2015) – The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) would like to alert the sport community about the presence of 2,4-dinitrophenol (DNP) in sport supplement products.

INTERPOL issued a global alert for DNP after a woman in the UK died and a man in France became ill after taking the substance. DNP is prohibited for athletes and is not approved for human use by government regulators in any country, but may be included in supplements such as diet and body-building aids.

The CCES believes the use of most supplements poses an unacceptable risk for athletes and their athletic career due largely to the risk of contamination or other factors. Ultimately, athletes are responsible for any prohibited substance that may be found in their sample; this is known as strict liability. If athletes who use supplements test positive for a prohibited substance, this can result in a violation being declared, regardless of how the prohibited substance got into their body. Serious sanctions may be imposed.

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The CCES is an independent, national, not-for profit organization with a responsibility to administer the Canadian Anti-Doping Program. We recognize that true sport can make a great difference for individuals, communities and our country. We are committed to working collaboratively to activate a values-based and principle-driven sport system; protecting the integrity of sport from the negative forces of doping and other unethical threats; and advocating for sport that is fair, safe and open to everyone.

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