New, deadly drugs make their way toward Pennsylvania

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Multiple people are dead, and dozens of others hospitalized amid a public health alert in Georgia.  An unknown street drug is being blamed for the largest cluster of opioid overdoses in history.

Authorities in Georgia are warning the public of a deadly and mysterious street drug triggering mass overdoses.  Patients telling doctors they became ill after taking yellow pills, being sold on the street as pain killers..

Sheriff David Davis, Bibb County, says, “this is a poison and it acts very fast and our… timeline is very tight to be able to get to these individuals and render them aid.”

Chris Hendry, MD., Chief Medical Officer, Navicent Health; adds, “it’s being sold on the street as Percocet; however, when it’s taken, the patients are experiencing significant and severe decreased level of consciousness and respiratory failure.”

At this point, the actual source and substance causing the overdoses is still being investigated.  

After speaking with Lyell Cook, Erie County Coroner, we found out there have been over 70 deaths attributed to overdoses so far in 2017.  That number is a huge spike to 2016’s total number, capping off at 95.  At this rate (3 deaths per week), we are looking at 87 more deaths to occur this year; bringing the projected total to 160 deaths, which would be a 68% increase to last year.  This problem is snowballing.

While on the phone with Cook, he told us there is another new drug called, “Grey Death,” that has made its way to Pennsylvania.  Reportedly, the drug in its raw form looks like concrete dust.  Georgia Police have reportedly seized around 50 batches of the drug and there have been reports of the drug in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Alabama.  

There’s no denying that locally and nationwide, the drug epidemic is becoming increasingly deadly.

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