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Georgia Bureau of Investigations issues data on counterfeit pills in Georgia

Georgia Bureau of Investigations issues data on counterfeit pills in Georgia
Published: Jul. 3, 2018 at 2:57 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 6, 2018 at 10:31 AM EDT
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DECATUR, GA (WTVM) - The Georgia Bureau of Investigations is issuing data regarding drug exhibits submitted to the Crime Lab for testing by law enforcement agencies in Georgia that contain counterfeit pills.

So far in the fiscal year 2018, the crime lab tested 100 exhibits of counterfeit pills. Counterfeit pills do not contain the drug indicated by the markings and often contain strong opioids instead.

The crime lab received a pill with marking consistent with oxycodone. The lab, however, determined that the pill contained fentanyl, furanyl fentanyl, and U-47700 (pink).

This particular drug trend has been ongoing for the past few years and represents some of the illicit drugs being distributed in Georgia.

The most recent study revealed that of the cases tested, the top countries with counterfeit pills in the fiscal year 2018 are Fulton, Cobb, Gwinnett, Houston, and Carroll counties.

The top counterfeited logo was oxycodone. The most common substance found within the counterfeit pills were opioids.

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