Pill Overdoses in Georgia have killed two people and hospitalized dozens.
Dozens of overdoses, including two fatal ones have been reported throughout Central Georgia- in Centerville, Macon, Perry, and Warner Robins. The overdoses were reportedly from a particular street drug sold as “yellow pills.” and believed by the buyers to be Percocet.
According to a statement from the Public Health Department, they have been made aware of a dangerous substance that may be contaminating street drugs in the region.
According to Bibb County’s Sheriffs Office’s press release, the fake pills had “10/325” engraved on one side and “PERCOCET” engraved in capitals on the other side. They mentioned that in those fake pills, “PERCOCET” is not engraved as deeply as typically seen on those pills. They’re also not straightly imprinted, as opposed to typical pills.
Chris Hendry, a Chief Medical Official, said that the drug acts quickly once it has been ingested. Its effects include sleepiness, slurred speech, difficulty breathing, and reduced consciousness levels. First responders said that those who overdosed were placed on ventilators because they had stopped breathing and were unresponsive.
The particular substance contaminating these pills has not been identified yet.
Comments on the Overdoses
Hendry said the drug is a “danger to the community.”
“This is very unusual for Middle Georgia. We’ve never seen this number of overdoses in such a short time like this.”
David Davis, the sherriff, said that anyone with information about this should come forward, not needing to worry about legal consequences.
“I would invite anyone who has a drug problem, or normally takes illegal drugs and is worried right now that they may face some legal repercussions, we’re going to let that pass. We need to know who is putting this poison in the community right now. We need the information. We need for anybody who know information to come forward.” said Davis.
“These were all bought on the street. These are not from the pharmacy or physicians, and that is the concern for the community.” said Hendry.