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Men hospitalised after taking animal medication they stole from vet surgery

Two men, who were arrested following the theft of animal medication from a veterinary surgery in Basingstoke, have been released under investigation.

It is understood that the theft took place between 8.30pm on June 29th and 5.55am on June 30th at a veterinary surgery in Worting Road, Basingstoke in the UK.

Two men, a 36-year-old and a 47-year-old, were arrested on suspicion of burglary.

The males were later hospitalised – believed to be as a result of taking animal medication – according to a statement from Hampshire Police.

One of the men have been discharged but the other, a 51-year-old, was in intensive care at the time of writing the statement.

Warning

“We are reiterating the warning that taking medications which are not prescribed for you and are not intended for human use, can have a significant and serious effect on health.” a police spokesperson said.

“Anyone who has taken animal medicines or who knows someone who may have taken them, should seek medical help immediately.”

One of the liquid preparations in particular – if inhaled, consumed orally, or injected – could cause a severe reaction which could prove life-threatening, police warned.

It comes in a bottle branded ‘Iso-Flo’ and contains Isoflurane, police added. 

Information

Anyone with information is advised to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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