Two Men Arrested After ‘Large Amounts’ Of Epilepsy Drug Was Burgled From A Carlisle Pharmacy

By Rachael Grealish

Cumbria Police has arrested two men after a Carlisle pharmacy was burgled last week.

Two men were arrested during an investigation by detectives, in Carlisle, into a reported burglary at Well Pharmacy on Fusehill Street.

Large amounts of Pregabalin were reported as taken from the Pharmacy overnight, between March 13 and 14.

Pregabalin – photo by Cumbria police

Pregabalin is a drug used to treat epilepsy, anxiety and, in some cases, it is also taken to treat nerve pain.

A local man in his 40’s, was arrested on suspicion of Burglary and second local man, in his 50’s, was arrested on suspicion of Conspiracy to Commit Burglary.

The man in his 50’s has since been released under investigation, however, the man in his 40’s remains in police custody whilst enquiries continue.

DC Matthew Graham has issued a health warning urging people who think they may have taken it to ‘go straight to A&E’.

“If you come into contact with this prescription drug in an illegal way then please be aware,” he said.

“These drugs are only normally administered following clinical advice. Anyone taking them without being prescribed them is putting their health at serious risk. If taken, these drugs could lead to serious injury or death.

“Anyone who thinks they’ve taken any of these drugs should go straight to A&E and take the packaging with them.”

Anyone with any information about this incident, who has yet to speak to police, is asked to contact Detectives with information via 101 quoting reference 33 of March 14, 2021.

The Public can also call the independent charity Crimestoppers, to report information completely anonymously, on 0800 555 111.