The Georgia Bureau of Investigation received samples of the drugs and is testing it today. GBI spokeswoman Nelly Miles said the analysis will take about 24 hours to complete.
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The counterfeit pills have the numbers 10/325 on one side and the word PERCOCET in all capital letters on the opposite side, according to the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office. But the word “PERCOCET” isn’t stamped as deep as the real manufacturer and it’s at an angle, investigators said.
It’s not yet known what the phony pills contain. But investigators believe the pills could be responsible for a mass overdose in middle Georgia and in the Albany area that has killed four people and hospitalized at least two dozen others.
Chris Hendry, chief medical officer at Navicent Health in Macon, said they have never seen so many overdoses in such a short period of time. Some patients have been put on ventilators because they can’t breathe on their own.
Law enforcement and health officials also fear the death toll could continue to rise.
“Right now, the most important thing is for the community to be aware this is out there,” Hendry said.
It is dangerous to their health, and it can be lethal, he said.
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Mass Overdose Kills At Least Four People And Dozens More Hospitalized