GBI: Synthetic opioid in counterfeit pills 7.5 times stronger than morphine

Decatur, GA – The Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Crime Lab has identified counterfeit pills related to the reported overdoses in the Central Georgia area.

According to a press release from the GBI, the pills contain a mixture of two synthetic opioids – cyclopropyl fentanyl and U-47700. Cycloproyl fentanyl is chemically similar to fentany and U-47700 is a synthetic opioid that is 7.5 times stronger than morphine. These pills have been linked to several overdose deaths in Georgia. The GBI warns that both of the drugs found in these pills are highly dangerous and should not be handled. They are extremely toxic, even in extremely small quantities, and can be inhaled or absorbed through the skin. It is not know how the human body will react to this drug, which is not intended for human or veterinary use.

The GBI report that legislation that went into effect on April 17 year outlaws both cyclopropyl fentanyl and U-47700 in Georgia. 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.

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