6 more overdoses reported, total could reach 27 in Georgia

The GBI, local law enforcement and the Georgia Department of Public Health are investigating the overdoses.

Georgia Poison Center is now working with the hospitals and gathering more information to determine whether these additional cases are connected to the cluster of overdoses reported in the past three days.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation's crime lab conducted a study in May that found more than 450 counterfeit pills containing fentanyl, a painkiller roughly 50 times more powerful than heroin, were sold on the streets in the state.

Dr. Chris Hendry of Navicent Health Medical Center says there is a deadly fake being sold. Most patients who were brought in had slurred speech and had trouble breathing.

"Right now, the most important thing is for the community to be aware this is out there", he said. Some overdose victims were put on ventilators to help them breathe and some were administered "aggressive" doses of antidotes such as naloxone or Narcan.

Lopez said Navicent Health first contacted the poison center late Monday night after treating five people - all from the same household - for overdoses.

Bibb County Sheriff David Davis said Tuesday his officers were following a series of leads and requested the public's support in drumming up new information.

The opioid crisis in America has pushed overdose-death statistics to new heights in recent years. Dozens of patients have been hospitalized and there are reports of deaths that may be associated with the drugs, but confirmation is pending. "These are not from the pharmacy or physicians, and that is the concern for the community", said Hendry.

"I can't say what it's contributed to, but I think we have had more than usual overdoses without a doubt", Miley said. "We've never seen this number of overdoses in such a short time like this", said Hendry.

Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan said he isn't familiar with the drug yellow Percocet but his office has identified two deaths on February 6 and February 16 from a similar drug, U-47700 in Columbus. You should immediately call 911 if you or someone you know have taken a yellow Percocet. He urged people with knowledge of who is selling the drugs to come forward.

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