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Fears stolen prescription drugs could be offered for sale

There are fears that prescription medicines recently stolen locally could be offered for sale from ‘black market’ sources.

Police in E District, which covers Co Armagh, together with officials from the Department of Health, have warned the public to be alert to the potential dangers of these drugs should they be taken without prescription.

The drugs – which are oval in shape and are marked with ‘KAP’ on one side and ‘AKE’ on the reverse – may be in circulation as a result of this recent theft.

The public are urged 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.

Detective Inspector Jill Duffie appealed to the public to report to the police on the non-emergency number 101 or alternatively on Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or to the Department’s Medicines Regulatory Group any incidences where they have been offered any medicines from an unregulated source.
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