Police warn public after Hampshire man seriously ill after it is thought he took veterinary drugs
POLICE have made an urgent warning about a quantity of veterinary drugs thought to be circulating in the community after two men were hospitalised – with one male left in a serious condition.
The first man, in his 50s, was taken to hospital on Tuesday evening where he remains in a serious condition in intensive care.
The second man, in his 40s from Basingstoke, received medical treatment after being taken to hospital at around midnight last night. He has since been discharged.
Police believe the incident may be linked to a burglary which took place between 8.30pm on June 29 and 5.55am on June 30 at a veterinary surgery in Worting Road, Basingstoke.
Two men, aged 36 and 47 from Basingstoke, have been arrested on suspicion of burglary and currently remain in custody.
A police statement said: ‘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.
‘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. It comes in a bottle branded “Iso-Flo” and contains Isoflurane.’
Anyone who is offered these drugs or has any information should call 101 and quote 44200238349.
‘If you find any suspicious drug packaging, bottles or canisters discarded, we would also ask that you don’t touch them but do get in touch with us by calling 101 and we can arrange to pick them up safely,’ the police statement added.