ATLANTA, GA (WALB) - The Georgia Bureau of Investigation announced its crime lab had identified the counterfeit pills related to multiple overdose deaths in the central Georgia area.
The GBI said the pills contain a mixture of two synthetic opioids, cyclopropyl fentanyl and U-47700.
Cyclopropyl fentanyl is chemically similar to fentanyl. The GBI said it is unknown how the human body reacts to this drug since it is not intended for human or veterinary use. Cyclopropyl fentanyl had not previously been seen in Georgia.
U-47700 is a synthetic opioid 7.5 times stronger than morphine.
The GBI said both of these drugs are highly dangerous and can be inhaled or absorbed through the skin.
They also said even the smallest amounts are extremely toxic.
Aspire drug rehab experts have started notifying their patients about the dangers of the drug.
They said the rate of opiod addiction in Southwest Georgia has quadrupled in the last several years, and is now an epidemic, like crack and cocaine in the 90's.
"It was easy it was cheap, it was accessible and that's the same type of accessibility that we're seeing with these. You know pills aren't quite as scary as some of the other illicit drugs so people find it a little bit easier to access that," said Aspire Chief Clinical Officer Dana Glass.
Aspire experts said they're finding more people using their detoxification and crisis services, the first step for users who are trying to come off of opiods.
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