11/26/2013 08:04 EST | Updated 01/26/2014 05:59 EST

Fentanyl Stolen From Pharmacy, Vanvcouver Police Issue Warning

A collection of different brand and dosages of the Fentanyl patch, clearly marked wit warnings about non-precribed uses, Wednesday, April 26,2006 in St. Louis. Abuse of the patch is on a steady upward swing leading to many deaths. Emergency rooms visits by people misusing the pain relieving opiate fentanyl shot up nearly 14-fold nationwide from 2000 to 2004 to 8,000, according to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' figures. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)
VANCOUVER - Vancouver police have issued a warning about a powerful drug that was stolen during a pharmacy robbery.

Police call fentanyl an unforgiving drug, saying it's much more lethal than heroin.

Sgt. Randy Fincham says fentanyl skin patches were among various prescription drugs stolen by two suspects who forced their way behind the pharmacy's counter.

He says drug users should beware of the risks associated with the pain killer, which is increasingly being used on the street.

Police are asking anyone with information about the heist on the south side of the city to call them.

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