Life-threatening painkillers stolen
A shipment of extremely potent painkillers has been stolen from a pharmaceutical company near Zeewolde.21 March 2008
LELYSTAD – A shipment of extremely potent painkillers has been stolen from a pharmaceutical company near Zeewolde.
A police spokesperson said Thursday that about 2,000 tablets of the medication Palfium were stolen. The medication can be deadly if more than two pills are taken at a time.
Police say it is the medication used for alleviating the pain of terminally ill people and for euthanizing animals. Medical specialists say even just a small dose of Palfium can bring on unconsciousness and coma, the police spokesperson reported.
The police have alerted emergency clinics and GP practices about the incident in case people report for care after having taken the painkiller.
The round white tablets were in glass jars that were packed in cardboard boxes. The pills have the letter 'P' on them. The police are looking for witnesses who know anything about the robbery or the whereabouts of the tablets.
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