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Georgia authorities investigate deadly pills labeled as Percocet

If you're buying or selling drugs in anything other than a legal manner, you may not have any idea what's actually in them. The results can be catastrophic.

Georgia, like many states, is already in the midst of an opioid epidemic. Now state authorities are investigating multiple deaths caused by a small yellow pill purchased on the street that buyers believed to be the opioid prescription pain medication Percocet, but actually contains a deadly poison. At least four people in central and south Georgia have died after taking the drug and dozens have overdosed.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Georgia Department of Public Health are both dealing with this disturbing situation and warning people against buying drugs from unauthorized sellers because they don't know what they're getting. The pills even have the name Percocet on them, but it's at an angle and "not stamped as deep as the manufacturer typically does," according to one Georgia sheriff's office.

Authorities are still testing the counterfeit pills to find out what's actually in them. They've said only that it's an "extremely potent" substance. First responders who have attended to those who fell ill after taking the pills reported that patients "have difficulty breathing or have stopped breathing." Some have needed "massive doses of naloxone (Narcan)" to revive them.

It hasn't been reported whether anyone has been arrested for selling the pills or whether those selling them were aware that they were counterfeit. If someone is convicted of selling drugs illegally, he or she may also face criminal charges for any harm that comes to those that purchased them, even if they didn't know what was in the drugs.

If you or a loved one is facing charges for buying or selling prescription drugs illegally, it's essential to get experienced legal guidance as soon as possible. These charges can have a serious impact on your future.

Source: The Washington Post, "They look like prescription drugs, but they’re actually deadly poison, Georgia authorities say," Peter Holley, June 07, 2017

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