POLICE HAVE issued a warning to the public after a large amount of drugs were stolen from a pharmacy in Oldham.
Between 11.15pm on Friday 12 June and 2.30am on Saturday 13 June 2015, two men approached the Hopwood Medical Practice on Lees Road, Oldham and used a hammer to smash an external camera.
They then used a plank of wood to gain entry to the exterior door through the metal shutters and forced their way into the building.
Once inside, the men ransacked the pharmacy, stealing more than £10,000 worth of drugs such as high strength pain killers.
This haul included a large amount of Lyrica, which is prescribed as an anti-epileptic drug.
Constable Kristian Kurmul said: “Lyrica is considered to be fatal when taken in large doses, or when taken by someone who has never taken it before without gradually building up the dose over a period of time.
“Obviously it is never recommended to take any prescription drugs not prescribed to you by a doctor, but in this case it is vitally important that anyone who comes into contact with these stolen drugs does not ingest them or give them to others.
“Likewise, if you are offered prescription medicines by anyone other than a pharmacist please do not hesitate to contact police immediately.”
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.