Some overdose victims were put on ventilators to help them breathe and some were administered "aggressive" doses of antidotes such as naloxone or Narcan. State officials said they would await lab tests before talking about the likely ingredients.
Someone is passing off the pills as prescription drugs, said Bibb County Sheriff David Davis. "We suspect that this is an opioid overdose".
Heroin-related deaths also spiked in that time period, going from 3,036 in 2010, an 8 percent share of all overdose-related deaths, to 12,989 in 2015, a 24.3 percent share of all overdose-involved fatalities, the NCHS found.
If anyone comes in contact with any street drug claiming to be a yellow Percocet, officials at the clinic said you shouldn't ingest the drug.
Police in Georgia are hunting for the people behind a counterfeit street drug that sparked a series of overdoses over the course of only a few days.
During the investigation, it was reported that the pills purchased were described being as yellow in color and an oval shape. "There's' the potential that there's been four deaths associated with this opioid overdose". Dr. Hendry says the overdose symptoms were "much more severe in onset", and could prove to be something new and as yet unidentified, as well as more powerful, making the reaction more hard to reverse with Narcan. All of Navicent Health's overdose patients so far have swallowed the medicine, Hendry said.
In the state of Georgia, 17 people succumbed to death due to drug overdose in the first four months of 2017 after consuming two manufactured drugs. "It's being sold on the street as Percocet, however, when it's taken, the patients are experiencing significant and severe decreased levels of consciousness and respiratory failure". Although the drug is presumed to be a synthetic opioid, the GBI is unable to identify this new drug because no toxicology report has been issued.
The GBI, local law enforcement and the Georgia Department of Public Health are investigating the overdoses.
According to a recent analysis, drug overdoses killed about 1,000 people a year between 2006 and 2014. "We've never seen this number of overdoses in such a short time like this".