To save you the ignominy of Googling "how long can you go without pooping?" we did it for you. The question is sure to come to mind after reading about a bizarre case out of the UK, where Essex Police are on #poowatch and tweeting about it. This after a suspected drug dealer believed to have drugs hidden in his body has now for 21 days refused to poop. The BBC reports the 24-year-old was arrested Jan. 17 and has been under supervision since then, with the department's Operation Raptor team that arrested him providing updates like this one, tweeted Wednesday: "Day 21/3 weeks for our man on #poowatch still no movements/items to report, he will remain with us until Friday when we are back at court where we will be requesting a further 8 days should he not produce anything before that hearing."
Last Friday they tweeted that the man is being watched by doctors and was in fine health at the time. Per the BBC, police decided to keep the public informed of the man's bowel movements in an effort to quash any illusions that drug dealing is "glamorous." The man is reportedly a couple of days away from what a police rep believes to be the record for a suspect not pooping: 23 days. As for the original question about how long one can go, an answer-ish: The Cleveland Clinic says to seek medical help if it's been longer than three weeks; a 16-year-old British girl died in 2013 after the Telegraph reports she did not have a bowel movement for eight weeks. (This remains one classic story of a poop gone wrong.)