A man committed suicide in front of horrified shoppers after a pharmacist refused to dish him out methadone.
The 50-year-old gentleman died after he slit his own throat in a Boots store in Newcastle-under-Lyme over the weekend, when he was reportedly refused the prescribed medication.
One woman told the Metro newspaper: "A woman came running out of the store screaming and carrying a little baby. She was shouting 'He's just done it in front of me.'
"When the police arrived, they swarmed straight around the store and went inside.
"Someone came outside and told us a man had come in asking for methadone but was not allowed to have the drug."
The Boots store was immediately cordoned off but has since re-opened after police declared the death not suspicious.
A spokeswoman for Boots said: "We can regretfully confirm an incident happened in our Newcastle store in which a man died. Our priority is to support our colleagues and work with the police to aid their investigation."