How to tell the difference between fatal 'yellow pills' and real percocet

Mass overdose kills two, dozens more hospitalized in Georgia

Mass overdose kills two, dozens more hospitalized in Georgia

Two people have died and dozens more have been hospitalized in central Georgia in recent days as state law enforcement agencies begin investigations into a rash of overdoses from what may be the drug Percocet.

The newspaper reports that emergency workers have responded to reports of overdoses in Centerville, Perry, Warner Robins, and Albany over the past 48 hours.

Whatever the substance is, it is "extremely potent and has required massive doses of naloxone (Narcan) to counteract its effects", the Georgia Department of Public Health said in a statement Tuesday.

Georgia health officials say it's the largest cluster of opioid overdoses in state history, CBS News' correspondent Mark Strassmann reports. "The individuals that are involved in the drug trade, this may be their newest product", he said, urging people to come forward with more information or turn themselves in.

Victims of an opioid overdose exhibit shallow breathing, pinpoint pupils, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, lethargy, cold or clammy skin, loss of consciousness and heart failure.

If anyone comes in contact with any street drug claiming to be a yellow Percocet, officials at the clinic said you shouldn't ingest the drug.

A potentially lethal string of drug overdoses sweeping through parts of Georgia has sent dozens of patients to the hospital.

Patients reported purchasing yellow pills believed to be Percocet.

"We need to know who's putting this poison in our community right now", Davis said, adding that people need to look out for their neighbors and call 911 if they see anyone who might be overdosing.

"There is a new drug that's surfaced in our community", Hendry said during a press conference. However, it's not clear what specific drugs were used since toxicology reports have not been returned. Almost a dozen overdoses and four deaths have occurred in central and south Georgia in just two days. Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death among people under 50 years of age in the country. The number of deaths increased from 52,404 to 59,000. The CDC noted that these leading causes of death had a bigger impact on rural areas of the USA, such as central Georgia, as opposed to urban communities.

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