Decatur, GA – The Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Crime Lab has identified counterfeit pills related to the reported overdoses in the Central Georgia area.
Analysis has confirmed that the pills contain a mixture of two synthetic opioids, cyclopropyl fentanyl and U-47700. Cyclopropyl fentanyl is a fentanyl analogue that is chemically similar to fentanyl. It is unknown how the human body will react 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.
Both of these drugs are HIGHLY DANGEROUS and should not be handled. They can be inhaled or absorbed through the skin and are extremely toxic in even the smallest quantities.
Legislation was introduced this year to outlaw both cyclopropyl fentanyl and U-47700 in Georgia. The law banning the substances went into effect after passage by the Georgia General Assembly and the Governor’s signature on April 17, 2017.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the Georgia Department of Public Health, Georgia Poison Center, hospitals, local, state, and federal partners are working jointly on this investigation.
Today, a meeting was held with the metro Atlanta Drug Enforcement Commanders to discuss officer safety and handling of extremely dangerous drugs being encountered at the GBI Crime Laboratory, including synthetic opioids found in counterfeit pills. “Graveyard dead,” was the warning GBI Director Vernon Keenan gave during today’s public safety meeting on the dangers of the use and abuse of synthetic opioids, with a heavy emphasis on fentanyl and fentanyl derivatives. The attached alert was prompted by a recent study by the GBI Crime Laboratory which found imitation prescription pills that contained deadly opioids.
Dan Salter, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration in Atlanta and Jack Killorin, Director of the Atlanta-Carolinas High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA), were also in attendance and joined with the GBI in alerting officers and the public about this issue.