Police and medics have issued a warning over the dangers of taking high-strength medication without a prescription following a robbery at a pharmacy yesterday where a variety of dangerous drugs were stolen.
Quantities of Morphine, Temazepam and Diazepam and cash were stolen from the Pharmacy in Fernbank, Livingston after a man wearing a balaclava threatened staff with a stick.
He was last seen making off from the premises towards Ladywell East Road shortly after 4:40pm.
The suspect is described as white, 5ft 7ins tall, medium to heavy build, and wearing a black or navy rain jacket with hood, that had a white triangle design at each side of the waist.
He also wore navy or black jogging bottoms with a solid red stripe down the side of each leg, and white trainers.
The theft has prompted Police Scotland and NHS Lothian to issue a warning to anyone who may be offered the stolen medication.
Dr Grant Farquharson, Medical Director for NHS Lothian, said: “Members of the public and particularly drug users are reminded of the health risks associated with drug consumption including prescription medication.
“Medication which, if taken by anyone other than the prescribed user or when mixed and consumed with a variety of other substances such as illicit drugs and or alcohol can have serious and even fatal consequences. For that reason prescription medication should never be taken in any manner other than as directed by a medical professional.”
Detective Inspector Raymond Brown, from Police Scotland, said: “”The stolen drugs include Morphine, Temazepam and Diazepam, all of which are extremely dangerous if taken without a prescription.
I would urge anyone who may be offered the drugs for sale to refuse,and contact police immediately by calling 101.”