Woman Horrifies Shoppers By Attempting Suicide at Pharmacy

Paragraphs 2 through 5 read:  "Staff at Boots’ Bartholomew Street store in Newbury reacted quickly to call an ambulance on June 2 when the woman, in her early 30s, entered the store and swallowed a cocktail of potent drugs, including antidepressants and temazepam. The woman then began to cut her arms with a razor blade."

"Pharmacy manager Kathryn O’Brien described the incident to C+D as  'horrific'."

"She said: “[The woman] started popping [her tablets] out and downing them in her hand… while I was on the phone she took out a razor blade and started hacking at her arms."

“'She started screaming and I got a huge lump in my throat. It was like the scream of someone dying in a horror film. I was worried the woman was going to drop dead in front of me,'  Ms O’Brien added."

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11/06/2009

Pharmacy left stunned by ‘horrific’ suicide bid

Chris Chapman

Staff at a Berkshire pharmacy are still in shock after a “horror film” experience when a woman slashed her wrists in a suicide attempt.

Staff at Boots’ Bartholomew Street store in Newbury reacted quickly to call an ambulance on June 2 when the woman, in her early 30s, entered the store and swallowed a cocktail of potent drugs, including antidepressants and temazepam. The woman then began to cut her arms with a razor blade.

Pharmacy manager Kathryn O’Brien described the incident to C+D as “horrific”.

She said: “[The woman] started popping [her tablets] out and downing them in her hand… while I was on the phone she took out a razor blade and started hacking at her arms.

“She started screaming and I got a huge lump in my throat. It was like the scream of someone dying in a horror film. I was worried the woman was going to drop dead in front of me,” Ms O’Brien added.

“I was so shocked… It was the most horrific thing I’ve ever seen. It’s still sinking in.”

The woman, who fled the scene, was found shortly afterwards with life-threatening injuries and was taken to Royal Berkshire Hospital, the ambulance service said.