GBI warns of counterfeit pills

Georgia investigators release data on counterfeit drugs study


DECATUR, Ga. – The Georgia Bureau of Investigation on Thursday issued a public safety alert over counterfeit pills. 

Since January 2015, the GBI said, the crime lab has received 454 exhibits of counterfeit pills, which contain drugs other than those indicated by the markings. 

In one instance, authorities said, the GBI crime lab received a pill with markings consistent with oxycodone. The lab, however, determined that the pill contained fentanyl. 

That discovery prompted a study to determine the contents of counterfeit pills submitted to the lab by law enforcement agencies in Georgia. 

According to the GBI, the study revealed that Metro-Atlanta has the most instances in the state, and the top counterfeited logos were alprazolam (Xanax) and oxycodone. 

The two most common substances found within the counterfeit tablets were depressants and opiates, investigators said.  

The GBI said it was also concerned by drugs in the opiate class that were disguised as oxycodone.