Picture credit- The Center for Safe Internet Pharmacies

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) issued data on Monday regarding drug exhibits submitted to the Crime Lab for testing by law enforcement agencies in Georgia that contain counterfeit pills.

In fiscal year 2018, the GBI 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. For example, the crime lab received a pill with markings consistent with oxycodone. The lab did determine 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 counties with counterfeit pills in fiscal year 2018 are Fulton, Cobb, Gwinnett, Houston, and Carroll counties. By a significant margin, the top counterfeited logo was oxycodone. The most common substance found within the counterfeit pills were opioids. Of particular concern were the number of fentanyl analogues, including cyclopropyl fentantyl and carfentanil.

Picture credit – GBI data set of drug test findings for FY 2018
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