Thousands of prescription pills, including anti-anxiety medications temazepam and diazepam – also known as Valium – were stolen from a Stockport chemist this morning.
Offenders smashed a rear window of a Co-op Pharmacy on Reddish Road and climbed in before stealing 120 boxes of medication containing 2,500 tablets.
The burglars turned off the CCTV during their crime and police are urging anyone offered the drugs not to take them.
Detective Sergeant John O’Driscoll, from Stockport CID, said: “This type of medication is only prescribed to people who have genuine medical conditions and are taken under specific instructions. If someone should take a large dose of any one of these tablets, it could result in them collapsing, serious injury or possibly death.
“I would urge anyone who may come across this medication, not to take them. If anyone is offered the tablet, I would urge them to contact police or hand them into a local chemist or GP.
“I would also appeal to anyone who may have witnessed the burglary or saw the offenders leave the chemist in the early hours to get in touch.”
Anyone with information should phone police on 0161 856 9657 or the independent charity, Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.