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Dangerous pills on streets: Hundreds of Diazepam and Deflazacort tablets stolen from Manchester city centre Superdrug

By Mancunian Matters staff

Hundreds of tablets, including boxes of Diazepam, have been stolen during a burglary in Manchester city centre on Sunday.

Sometime between 10am and 5pm, the thief went into the Superdrug store and stole boxes of Diazepam and Deflazacort, which contained around 550 tablets.

Diazepam commonly used for treating anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia and seizures while Deflazacort is used to treat a wide range of allergic and inflammatory conditions, including severe asthma and rheumatoid arthritis.

Sergeant Tom Bowes from the City Centre Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “This type of medication is only prescribed to people who have genuine medical conditions and needs to be taken under specific instructions.

“If someone were to take a larger than recommended dose of any one of these tablets, it could result in them collapsing, serious injury or possibly even death.

“I would urge anyone who may come across this medication, not to take it. If anyone is offered any of the tablets, please contact police or hand them into a local chemist or GP.

“I would also appeal to anyone who may have witnessed the burglary at Superdrug on Sunday, or who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously inside the store, to get in touch.”

The Diazepam tablets are small, circular and white in colour.

Anyone with information should phone police on 0161 856 3221 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Picture courtesy of Monsiuer Paradis, with thanks.

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