GBI issues synthetic opioid alert

GBI issues synthetic opioid alert

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Georgia Bureau of Investigations Thursday night issued a public safety alert, saying illegal synthetic opioid deaths in the state have reached an alarming number.

The GBI says in the first four months of this year, 17 deaths have been caused by the drugs U-47700 or furanyl fentanyl.  That is equal to the number of deaths related to the drugs all of last year.

The GBI is urging Georgians to use extreme caution before handling these synthetic drugs.  They can be inhaled or absorbed through the skin, and are extremely toxic in small quantities.

This is the entire GBI alert:

Decatur, GA – The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) is issuing a public safety alert regarding illegal synthetic opioids.  In the last four months, 17 deaths have been caused by the drugs U-47700 and/or furanyl fentanyl, equal to the number for all of 2016.  U-47700 and furanyl fentanyl are both Schedule I drugs and used in the same manner as heroin.  Schedule I drugs have a high potential for abuse and no currently accepted medical treatment use in the United States.  The drugs are distributed in either powder or tablet form.

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