GBI: Latest counterfeit pills in Georgia contain fentanyl analogue


The latest round of fake pain pills responsible for overdoses in Middle Georgia contains a fentanyl analogue not intended for human use, the GBI said Friday. 

It’s the same analogue the GBI first identified in June during an overdose outbreak in which three people died and dozens were sickened. 

Earlier this week, the Warner Robins Police Department reported seven overdoses within 48 hours, but none of the cases has been fatal. GBI analysis of the most recent counterfeit pills shows they contain cyclopropyl fentanyl, GBI spokeswoman Nelly Miles said. 

RELATED: Counterfeit drugs blamed for seven overdoses

ALSO: Deadly pills contained synthetic opioids

“It is unknown how the human body will react to this drug since it is not intended for human or veterinary use,” Miles said. 

Warner Robins police issued a public alert Tuesday after the latest overdoses. 

“At this time, officers believe a strand of tainted Percocet is the cause of several overdoses that have left patients on ventilators,” police spokeswoman Jennifer Parsons said.

Anyone with information on the counterfeit drugs is asked to contact Warner Robins police at 478-302-5380 or Macon Regional Crimestoppers at 1-877-68CRIME.

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