A quantity of prescription drugs have been stolen from an East Vancouver pharmacy and a public warning has been issued given the type of drugs that were stolen.
Vancouver Police say the Medicine Shoppe on Victoria Drive near East 47th Avenue was robbed this morning at 9 a.m.
“There were various prescription drugs that were taken including a small quantity of stolen fentanyl patches that have caused concern for police,” said police in a statement. “Drug users should be aware of the risks posed to people using this substance.”
Police are concerned that drug users could mix fentanyl, a white powder in appearance, into local supplies of heroin and cocaine. This could have potentially lethal consequences given that the synthetic opiate has a potent effect 100 times more powerful than morphine.
Last fall, a number of drug users in the Downtown Eastside were sold straight fentanyl, leading to nearly three dozen overdoses and one death.
Drug users who have used and do not feel well should seek medical assistance immediately.
Anyone who has information that could help police in their investigation on the pharmacy robbery is asked to call Vancouver Police at 604-717 2541 or Crime Stoppers (anonymous hotline) at 1-800-222-8477.