Police warn stolen animal drugs are not for human consumption

Police in Fife have issued a warning after animal medication was stolen in St Andrews.

Officers say a vehicle on Market Street was broken into overnight between Saturday and Sunday and 10 sachets of Bute painkillers were stolen along with a bottle of horse penicillin and some syringes.

Bute is a painkiller and anti-inflammatory similar to ibuprofen and medics warn the consumption of the drug in excess can have a significant impact on people’s health.

Police said: “Anyone who comes into possession of this medication should not consume it.

“The drugs are meant for animal, not human use.”