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Posted: June 06, 2017

Mass overdose kills four, a dozen more hospitalized in Georgia


By Rhonda Cook, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Four people have died and a dozen more are hospitalized in mid-Georgia after overdosing on a street drug they believed to be Percocet, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

GBI spokeswoman Nelly Miles said reports are still coming in and the number of deaths could increase.

But in the past 48 hours, emergency workers responded to reports of overdoses in Centerville, Perry and Warner Robins.

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Responders found some people unconscious and not breathing, and they had to be put on ventilators.

Miles said emergency workers had to give “massive doses” of Naloxone to counter the effects of the “yellow pills” that they believe were Percocet.

Pills on the street are often laced with many other drugs, she said.

The Georgia Department of Public Health is also investigating, along with the GBI and local authorities. 

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