Warning after controlled drugs stolen from pharmacy

Thursday, 31st December 2015

POLICE are issuing a warning after a large quantity of controlled drugs were stolen during two burglaries in Staffordshire.

The latest break-in occurred in the early hours of this morning, Thursday 31 December at Rowlands Pharmacy, Marston Road, Stafford.

The offender/s smashed a front window to get inside. A quantity of Pregabalin has been stolen, in unknown amounts of 25 mcg, 50 mcg, 75 mcg, 100 mcg and 150 mcg strength tablets.

If Pregabalin is taken, the user could pass out, it is used for nerve pain. Some of the side effects associated with this drug include hallucinations, palpitations, blurred vision, vomiting, speech disorder, euphoria.

If anyone has taken these controlled drugs and experiences any of the above symptoms, they should go immediately to hospital to seek urgent medical attention.

The first break-in occurred at around 11.30pm on Tuesday 22 December. The offender/s smashed a pane of glass at the front of the shop to gain access. Five boxes of 28 tablets of Nitrazepam were stolen and an unknown amount of Pregabalin capsules.

Nitrazepam are Class C tablets, a Benzodiazepine. Pregabalin and Nitrazepam are prescription only medicines.

These drugs are dangerous and should only be taken when prescribed by a doctor. Anyone who takes them is at risk of overdose and should contact an ambulance immediately if they feel unwell.

An investigation into both break-ins is now underway by officers from Staffordshire Police. It is believed the same person/s are responsible.

If you’re offered any prescription drugs for sale or you find any please alert police immediately on 101 quoting incident number 805 of December 22, or contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or via their anonymous online report form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. Your details cannot be traced and you will not go to court.