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With a few clicks, Daniel added the chemical to his online cart and ordered it. In less than a week, a vial containing white powder arrived at his house. He used a syringe to measure out sterile water and eject it into the vial to dissolve the powder.

Then, with a different syringe, he drew up about a quarter of a milliliter of the solution and injected it into his lower abdomen.


The product was what an online chemical supplier says is semaglutide. Similar websites offer what they say is tirzepatide. Those are the active ingredients in a new generation of diabetes and obesity drugs that have become immensely popular for causing significant weight loss.

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