Series of Overdoses in Georgia Traced Back to Fake Percocet Pills

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Officials in Georgia say at least a dozen people were hospitalized over two days in the state after ingesting an unidentified street drug. Four deaths have been linked to the drug. CNN reports some patients said they took a yellow pill they thought was the prescription painkiller Percocet. According to a news release from the Sheriff’s Office of Bibb County, Georgia, the counterfeit pills have the numbers 10/325 on one side and the word PERCOCET in all capital letters on the opposite side. “On the counterfeit pills the word PERCOCET is not stamped as deep as the manufacturer typically does on their pills. Also on the counterfeit pills, the imprint of the name is also at an angle.”
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CDC Reports Sharp Increases in Fentanyl-Involved Overdose Deaths

CDC Reports Sharp Increases in Fentanyl-Involved Overdose Deaths
CDC reports that law enforcement fentanyl encounters increased from less than 1,000 from 2010 to 2012 to nearly 14,000 in 2015. Synthetic-opioid involved deaths increased nearly 80% from 2013 to 2014. From 2013 to 2014, law enforcement encounters (drug submitted for analysis) testing positive for fentanyl sharply increased in a growing number of states, according to two new articles published today in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report . Synthetic opioid-involved overdose deaths including fentanyl have also increased in multiple states. Recent investigations in Ohio and Florida provide strong evidence that increases in fentanyl deaths do not involve prescription fentanyl but are primarily related to illicitly-made fentanyl. Illicitly-made fentanyl is often mixed with or sold as heroin—with or without the users’ knowledge and increasingly distributed in counterfeit pills. Key findings from 2013 to 2014: Law enforcement fentanyl encounters in the U.S. quadrupled. Synthetic opioid-involved deaths in the U.S. increased by...
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