Two men have been hospitalised after they are believed to have taken a general anesthetic drug intended for use on animals.
A man in his 50s remains in intensive care in a serious condition this morning after the ambulance service rushed the pair to hospital from an address in Basingstoke town centre, Hampshire yesterday evening.
The second man taken to hospital, in his 40s, has since been released after receiving treatment.
Hampshire Constabulary believe the medical incidents could relate to a veterinary surgery burglary in the town within 24 hours prior to the men being taken ill. It took place in Worting Road between 8.30pm on 29 June and 5.55am on 30 June.
Two males, aged 36 and 34, were arrested in relation to the veterinary burglary and are in police custody.
A police spokesperson said: “We are reiterating a 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.”
Police are appealing to anyone who has been offered Iso-Flo branded drugs or has any information regarding their whereabouts should contact them on 101. People are asked to report any suspicious drug packaging found in the area and warned not to touch it.
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