Police in Derry have issued a warning to the general public about the dangers of taking non-prescribed drugs following the theft of prescription medicines in the city.
Drugs including Diazepam, Tramadol and Zopiclone were stolen from a van which was parked in the William Street area of Derry at approximately 11.40am today, Wednesday, April 13.
Commenting on this theft, Inspector Tony Moore said: “I would urge the public to be vigilant and to ensure that they do not put their health at risk by purchasing medication from an illicit source. The medicines involved are potent and are subject to abuse.
“People should only take medicines in consultation with their healthcare professionals who have access to patient health records, who are qualified to assess their medical needs and can take into account the risks and benefits associated with every medicine.”
“I would ask the public if they are offered any medicines from an unregulated source or if they have any information about this theft to report it to the police on the non-emergency number 101. Alternatively if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111. Information can also be passed to the Health Department’s Medicines Regulatory Group.”