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14 July 2010, 13:25 | Updated: 15 July 2010, 10:35
Members of the public are being warned about the dangers of potentially lethal doses of morphine stolen from a Southampton pharmacy.
Between 6.30pm on Saturday, July 10 and 5.20pm on Sunday, July 11, a burglary took place at Highfield Pharmacy on University Road.
After gaining access to the chemists, sealed vials containing large quantities of liquid diamorphine and morphine sulphate, along with morphine sulphate tablets were stolen from the pharmacy safe.
Around £1,500 worth of make up and £500 worth of aftershave and perfume were also stolen from the shop floor.
PC Jim Goodacre, force drugs and chemical liaison officer, said: “Morphine and diamorphine are extremely strong painkillers. 10mg is the maximum recommended dosage prescribed to users of these drugs, but if they fall into the wrong hands then a person could easily overdose and potentially die if they are unaware of the risks involved.
“If you are offered morphine or diamorphine to buy on the streets don’t take the risk and please contact police immediately. These drugs could kill.”
Police are also appealing to anyone who has any information about the burglary or was in University Road between Saturday afternoon and Sunday afternoon and saw anything suspicious to contact them.
Anyone with any information should contact PC Jonathan Chatwin at Southampton Central police station on 101 or the free and anonymous Crimestoppers number on 0800 555 111.