The director of public health in the Borders has issued a warning after medication was stolen from a Selkirk home on Saturday.
The incident happened sometime between 12.30pm and 9.45pm at an address in Bannerfield Drive.
A property in the area was entered and several tablets of Gabapentin - used to treat seizures - and strong painkiller Dihydrocodeine were taken from inside.
Dr Eric Baijal, Scottish Borders Director of Public Health and chair of the Borders Alcohol and Drugs Partnership, said: “Medication, which, if taken by anyone other than the person it was prescribed for, or when mixed and taken with a variety of other substances such as illicit drugs and/or alcohol can have serious and even fatal consequences.
“For that reason prescription medicines should never be taken by anyone or in any way other than as directed by a medical professional.”
Anyone who finds the medication is asked to bring it to their local police station.
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