Georgia blames 'extremely potent' yellow pills for OD wave

Barsaba Taglieri
Giugno 8, 2017

First responders told the Sheriff's department that patients are being placed on ventilators because they have stopped breathing and are unresponsive.

Percocet is a brand-name prescription painkiller that contains the opioid oxycodone and the pain reliever acetaminophen, better known under the brand name Tylenol. Naloxone is a drug that counteracts opioid overdoses, and it was necessary to treat people who ingested the yellow pills, which health officials believe had a toxic ingredient that has not been identified.

The GBI also said more reports are still coming in and the number of deaths could rise. All of Navicent Health's overdose patients so far have swallowed the medicine, Hendry said. Authorities fear the drug is being sold in other parts of the state, and officials said reports of overdoses continued to come in to county hospitals Tuesday, reports The New York Times. "The individuals that are involved in the drug trade, this may be their newest product ..." And he warned residents not to take any medications other than those prescribed by a physician or obtained at a pharmacy.

Bibb County Sheriff David Davis on Tuesday invited "anyone who has a drug problem" or who normally takes illegal drugs to come forward, promising that authorities were willing to forgo any criminal charges in favor of information leading to an arrest.

In Europe, drug overdose deaths rose 6 percent to 8,441 in 2015, rising for the third straight year, driven by the increasing use of opioids like fentanyl, Europe's Lisbon-based drug monitoring agency said on Tuesday. The GBI said they still don't know what the drug is either.

The drug, which is being sold on the streets as a pain medication called Percocet, can cause people to lose consciousness and experience severe respiratory failure, Hendry said.

The Department of Public Health has also received reports of similar overdoses occurring in Albany, Ga., two hours southwest of Macon.

Naloxone is an emergency drug used to reverse opioid overdoses. None of these cases have been confirmed as overdoses related to the street drugs. Death related to drug overdose increased by nearly 19 percent from 2015 to 2016, which is by far the largest increase till date.

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