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Hazardous Pharmaceutical Agents – Toxic Chemical Health Hazard | Lethal Synthetic Opioids (drug abuse): Georgia, USA

2017/06/09

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DRUG ABUSE – USA: (GEORGIA) POTENTIALLY LETHAL UNKNOWN SUBSTANCE, REQUEST FOR INFORMATION
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Published Date: 2017-06-08 11:08:57
Subject: PRO/AH/EDR> Drug abuse – USA: (GA) pot. lethal unknown substance, RFI
Archive Number: 20170608.5091370

Date: Tue 6 Jun 2017
Source: Georgia Department of Public Health [edited]

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) has become aware of a dangerous, potentially lethal substance contained in street drugs surfacing in central and South Georgia. Dozens of patients have been hospitalized and there are reports of deaths that may be associated with the drugs, but confirmation is pending.

The overdoses have been reported over a 48-hour period in Centerville, Perry, Macon-Warner Robins, and Albany, but the drugs may also be sold on the street in other areas of the state. Patients reportedly purchased yellow pills alleged to be Percocet, an opioid pain medication. The substance has not yet been identified but it is extremely potent and has required massive doses of naloxone (Narcan) to counteract its effects. Testing is being done to identify the pills and the ingredients.

1st responders say patients are unconscious or unresponsive and have difficulty breathing or have stopped breathing. Many patients need to be placed on ventilators. Call 9-1-1 immediately if you have taken the pills or if you think someone has used the drug. Opioid overdose is a very dangerous condition that can result in permanent physical and mental damage or even death if medical treatment is not administered right away.

DPH is working closely with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Georgia Poison Center and the Georgia Drugs and Narcotics Agency and federal partners on this investigation.

Communicated by:
ProMED-mail
<promed@promedmail.org>

[Purchasing or acquiring drugs from street dealers, even those you think you know, can be a dangerous situation. The drugs may be counterfeits, or mixed with some other substance in an effort to extend the drug, all of which may have unwanted effects, including death.

Results of the testing would be welcome. – Mod.TG]

[As the report suggests that “massive doses” of nalaxone does work in reversing the effects of this substance, it suggests that the substance may be an opioid class drug with high receptor site uptake. An excellent review article on the use of nalaxone in management of opioid ingestion can be found at: Clarke SF, Dargan PI, Jones AL. Naloxone in opioid poisoning: walking the tightrope. Emerg Med J. 2005 Sep;22(9):612-6, available at: http://emj.bmj.com/content/22/9/612. – Mod.MPP]

[The state of Georgia can be located on the HealthMap/ProMED-mail interactive map at http://healthmap.org/promed/p/213. A county map can be seen at http://geology.com/county-map/georgia-county-map.gif. – Sr.Tech.Ed.MJ]

See Also

Illicit drug use, toxin susp., RFI– USA: (MA)  20170211.4831644
Carfentanil overdose – Canada (BC): fatality, alert 20170202.4811717
Carfentanil overdose – USA (PA): fatality, alert 20170114.4764919

2016
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Drug abuse, synthetic drugs – USA (02): (CA) 20160824.4437183
Drug abuse, synthetic drugs – USA: (New York City) alert 20160718.4353090
Drug abuse, synthetic drugs – UK 20160112.3929799

2015
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Drug abuse, synthetic drugs – USA (04): (NY) 20150507.3346435
Drug abuse, synthetic drugs – USA (03): (LA) 20150501.3334873
Drug abuse, synthetic drugs – USA (02): (AL) 20150427.3324558
Drug abuse, synthetic drugs – USA: (NY) 20150419.3308552

2014
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Drug abuse, synthetic drugs – Russia: (KV, KM) 20140930.2819762
Drug abuse, synthetic drugs – USA: (CO) 20140127.2233681

2013
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Drug abuse, synthetic drugs – USA: (CO) contamination 20130830.1914246
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Source:
A ProMED-mail post
ProMED-mail is a program of the International Society for Infectious Diseases


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