Warning issued after drug theft at Burnley General Hospital

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POTENTIALLY fatal drugs have been stolen from Burnley General Hospital.

Detectives are now investigating the theft, which took place in the hospital’s Theatre Room, anytime from 5pm on Friday June 15th. It was discovered the drugs were missing at 8am on Monday June 18th.

Police warned today the drugs could be fatal if taken and are appealing for information about the theft.

Det Insp Marie Haworth, from Pennine CID, said: “We need to hear from anyone who knows about this theft as these drugs could prove fatal if anyone takes them.

“I’d also appeal for anyone who is offered these drugs or finds them discarded to get in touch with us as a matter of urgency.”

The drugs taken were:

• Thiopentone 500mg (in powder form) x 2 vials

• Metaclopramide 10mg/2mls x 1 box of 10 vials

• Atropine minijet 3mg x 1

• Ranitidine 50mg/2ml x 5 vials

• Mivacurium 20mg/2ml 1 box 5 vials

• Dexamethasone 3.3mg/ml x 1 box of 10

• Adrenaline minijet 1:10000 1mg/ml x 1

• Amiodarone minijet 30mg/ml x 1

• Vancomycin 500mg x 1 vial

• Gentamicin 80mg/2ml x 5 amps

• Doxepram 100mg/5ml x 1 box

• Naloxone 400mcg/ml x 1 box

• Paracetomol 1000mg/100ml x 2 bottles

• Co amoxyclav 1000mg/200ml x 1 box

All these drugs are potentially lethal if taken in the wrong doses, but the thiopentone, mivacurium, atropine and amiodarone are particularly dangerous.They are valued at £300.

Anyone with information should call police on the non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.