Garda warning as prescription drugs are stolen

David Hurley

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David Hurley

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GARDAI are urging members of the public to be vigilant after a large quantity of prescription drugs were stolen from a pharmacy on the outskirts of the city.

GARDAI are urging members of the public to be vigilant after a large quantity of prescription drugs were stolen from a pharmacy on the outskirts of the city.

According to gardai, the culprits entered the premises at St Nessan’s Road, Dooradoyle sometime between 9pm on Saturday, November 3 and 10am on Sunday morning.

“The intruders forced open the back door of the pharmacy and stole the safe which contained a large quantity of controlled drugs,” said Garda Diane McCauley of Henry Street garda station.

A sum of cash was also taken during the break-in along with a quantity of cosmetics.

None of the stolen property has been recovered so far.

Gardai say they are concerned that the stolen drugs, which include a number of morphine-based products in tablet, injection and patch format, may end up in the wrong hands and could be sold on the black market.

“These drugs can be extremely dangerous if taken other than as prescribed by a medical professional and we would advise anyone who comes across these drugs not to take them,” said Garda McCauley.

Gardaí at Roxboro Road are investigating the incident and detectives attached to the crime office have viewed CCTV footage in the area as part of their inquiries.

The scene of the break-in was also examined by members of the divisional scenes of crimes unit after the alarm was raised.

Anyone with information about the burglary or the whereabouts of the drugs are asked to contact Roxboro garda station at (061) 214340.

Information can also be passed on using the confidential phone line at 1800 666 111.