GBI drug chemist: street opioid pills getting stronger and more deadly
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – After a recent outbreak of people overdosing on what authorities suspect is fake pain pills, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) is training DFACS workers on dangerous drugs in Georgia.
“They continue to get stronger and stronger and more deadly,” Deneen Kilcrease, a drug chemist with the GBI said.
The GBI is telling parents that fake opioid pills, which are suspected to have killed four people in Middle Georgia are here to stay.
“It’s really about us beginning to learn about what we’re seeing here in Georgia,” Jeff Lukich
Assistant Division Director of Field Operations at DFACS said.
Laced with fentanyl, counterfeit pain pills are rising rapidly in popularity and in strength.
“It can be in any form,” Kilcrease said. “There’s no telling what’s out there.”
Workers with the Department of Family and Child Services (DFACS) took a crash course from drug chemist,Deneen Kilcrease at Methodist Children’s Home to learn what to look for. And it’s hard, when fentanyl, which originally was used in a patches to treat cancer patients is now on the street as a powder.
“The days of being able to look at something and tell what it is, those days are absolutely gone and nothing looks like itself anymore, it can be anything,” Kilcrease said.
Kilcrease is taking time away from the lab to try and keep these drugs out of the hands of children and parents.
“Don’t take something from anybody that you do not know,” she said.
She’s letting the public know, just how serious opioid pills are, and will continue to be.
“I want to start a conversation, this stuff is really bad it’s not something we’re making up or over dramatizing, this stuff is really deadly,” Kilcrease said.
If you’re suspicious about a pill, contact local law enforcement.