Dog drugs stolen from Canonsburg pharmacy lethal if consumed by humans

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CANONSBURG, Pa. —

Police are investigating a robbery at a Washington County pharmacy where the suspects stole strong drugs used for dogs.

Authorities said surveillance video shows the suspects walk into Jeffrey’s Medicine Shop in Canonsburg about 3 a.m. Thursday.

Investigators said as the store’s surveillance alarm went off, the burglars stole handfuls of medicine, not knowing some of the drugs they took were meant for dogs.

Officials said the drugs, if consumed by humans, can stop your heart. All local hospitals have been warned and are on alert.

“The scary substance is potassium bromide,” Canonsburg police Det. Al Coghill said. “What we are afraid of is if they take the substance themselves or try to sell it as a knock off, we don’t want to see a rash of deaths in young people or heart problems.”

Police said one of the suspects used a hammer to break into the store. That suspect wore a red baseball cap and Chuck Taylor shoes.

Anyone with information on the robbery or drugs is asked to contact police.