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Pharmacy burglary in Starbuck prompts police warnings

Lead Summary

One Overdose is already linked to Drugs Stolen from Starbuck, Minn. Drug Store
The Starbuck Police Department responded to a report of a burglary at Samuelson’s Drug Store on Tuesday, September 16.
The Starbuck and Morris Police Departments are now warning the public about very potent prescription medications that were stolen during the burglary. One overdose is reportedly connected to the stolen drugs.
Among the items stolen were approximately 1,800 prescription pills, several pain patches and some oral solutions.  The Morris Police Department responded to a possible overdose of Fentanyl Transdermal patches on Thursday, September 18, when an adult male was taken to the Stevens County Medical Center. The Morris and Starbuck Police departments along with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigators were able to identify the Fentanyl Transdermal patches as the ones that were stolen from the Samuelson Drug Store in Starbuck.
An adult male was arrested in Stevens County on Monday, September 22 for selling prescription pills. These pills are believed to be among those stolen from the Samuelson Drug Store.
The Starbuck and Morris Police Departments are asking anyone that comes into contact with someone selling prescription pills, pain patches or oral solutions to contact their local law enforcement agencies immediately.
These medications are for patients with extreme pain, and if used for other than medical reasons, may cause severe injury or even death.
Anyone with information pertaining to the location of the remaining prescription medications should contact the
Starbuck Police Chief Mitch Johnsrud 320-239-2311
Morris Police Department Officer Shane Nelson 320-208-6500

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