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Police warning after Spennymoor break in
POLICE are warning the public not to be tempted by potentially lethal drugs that have been stolen from a dentists’ surgery.
Officers fear that bottles of anaesthetic taken during a burglary in Spennymoor, County Durham, overnight (Wednesday, August 21 into Thursday, August 22) could be found or offered to drug abusers.
If injected all three of the stolen drugs could have serious side effects and could even kill.
They are only used in dentistry and have no hallucinogenic or stimulant effects.
Detective Constable Gary Walton, of Durham Police, said: “Unsuspecting intravenous drug users need to be cautious regarding anything that they may be offered which resembles those vials taken, the side effects may not be what they would expect.
“The dentist says no-one would get high taking them and if taken in sufficient quantities they could prove fatal.
“If offered any of these drugs or if they are found they need to be handed in to the nearest police station straight away.
“Their only application is in the field of dentistry, potential users need to be aware that they have none of the effects they would desire and should not be touched.”
The break-in was discovered this morning (Thursday, August 22) when staff at the Burgess and Hyder Dental Practice, on Whitworth Terrace, arrived to open up.
The burglars had broken into the premises via a rear fire door and searched two treatment rooms on the first floor where they found the 60 2.2ml vials of liquid anaesthetic in drawers.
If taken intravenously, Scandonest 3% Plain (mepivacaine hydrochloride) will make the user feel ill, suffer general lethargy and large doses could result in death.
Bartinest articaine hydrochloride 4% and Xylocaine lidocain hydrochloride 2%, which both contain adrenaline, could make a person very ill and cause heart palpitations which could be lethal for someone with a pre-existing heart condition.
If either are taken intramuscularly the user would suffer serious breathing difficulties.
A laptop and about £100 were also stolen. Anyone with information is asked to contact Spennymoor CID on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800-555111.
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