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Warning to addicts over drug theft

PUBLISHED: 18:31 11 September 2009 | UPDATED: 16:27 07 September 2010

DRUG users have been warned to be vigilant after a batch of out-of-date medication was stolen from the new Hornsey neighbourhood health centre. The drugs, due to be destroyed, were allegedly stolen from a locked cupboard in the Park Road health centre, be

DRUG users have been warned to be vigilant after a batch of out-of-date medication was stolen from the new Hornsey neighbourhood health centre.

The drugs, due to be destroyed, were allegedly stolen from a locked cupboard in the Park Road health centre, between 10.20am and 3.20pm yesterday (Thursday September 10).

The out-of-date potent drugs included pethidine, diamorphine, morphine sulphate and rectal diazepam.

Det Sgt Stephen O'Brien said: "We believe that the medication stolen may be of interest to drug users. We have a duty to protect the public and to raise awareness that these drugs are of medical grade, they are potent and could be harmful if not correctly administered.

"We urge anyone who may get into difficulties and become ill through the use of drugs to seek medical help as soon as possible."

An NHS Haringey spokeswoman for the health centre said: "We can confirm that out of-date-drugs were stolen from a locked cupboard in a locked room in the NHS centre.

"NHS Haringey takes security and its duty of care to patients extremely seriously. We are working closely with the police who are investigating the incident and currently reviewing CCTV footage."

Anyone who has any information about this incident or the whereabouts of the stolen medication should call Det Sgt O'Brien on 020-8345 0886 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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