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- Oxycodone & Acetaminophen Tablets, USP CII 10 mg/325 mg
- INDICATIONS AND DOSAGE
- IMPORTANT RISK INFORMATION
- WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS
- ADVERSE REACTIONS
- USE IN SPECIFIC POPULATIONS
- ORDER INFORMATION
Eight overdose in Bibb, Houston as police probe poisonous street pill | Macon Telegraph
Eight overdoses reported in Houston and Bibb counties since Saturday are suspected to be related to poisonous tablets being sold on the streets under the guise of a prescription pain killer.
One person overdosed in Macon on Monday after taking some of the round white pills Bibb County sheriff’s Lt. Randy Gonzalez called “fake Percocets.”
Seven others were hospitalized for suspected overdoses in Houston County, and some of them are only breathing with aide from ventilators, Warner Robins Police Department said in a news release Tuesday. The patients range in age from 25 to 60.
Just two months ago, a similar outbreak involving poisonous yellow pills reportedly resulted in four deaths and the hospitalization of nearly 20 people. The GBI tested some of the oblong yellow tablets, which also were being passed off as Percocets, and found the pills contained a Fentanyl analogue, a toxic synthetic opiate blend.
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The synthetic drug is about 100 times more potent than morphine, according to the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.
The yellow pills also contained a drug never before encountered by Georgia law enforcement.
The suspicious white pill reportedly being passed around now is thick and glossy, Warner Robins police said. The letters “RP” are embossed on one side of the pills with a“10” above “325” on the other.
Warner Robins Assistant Police Chief John Wagner said the first of the overdoses in Houston County was reported Saturday night. One overdose occurred in Centerville, and the remainder in Warner Robins, he said.
Those who overdosed either came into the Houston Medical Center emergency room, or emergency responders were dispatched to their homes and, in one case, to a place of business, Wagner said.
Police were able to interview some of those who overdosed and piece together that they had taken pills that they thought were Percocet pills, Wagner said.
Additionally, police were able to retrieve a fake pill that was then sent to a GBI crime lab, along with victim blood samples, Wagner said.
Some of victims received the opiate antidote Narcan, he said.
“I can empathize with you if you’re in pain,” Wagner said. “But retrieving pills off the street … you don’t know where these pills have come from.”
“You can possibly ingest something that is lethal, and in these cases, gone untreated, would have been fatal for these people,” Wagner said.
Wagner said authorities do no know whether the yellow and white pills are coming from the same source.
“We can’t say that there is a for-sure link with that,” Wagner said. “But that is something that we definitely investigate to see if indeed they moved from yellow pill to white pill, the same person or the same supplier. … Or do we have a new person or a new type of pill that’s on the street that we need to be worried about from a totally different source?”
Anyone with any information about the fake prescription pills is urged to call Warner Robins police at 478-302-5380 or call Macon Regional Crimestoppers at 1-877-68-CRIME.
Becky Purser: 478-256-9559, @BecPurser
Laura Corley: 478-744-4334, @Lauraecor
Oxycodone & Acetaminophen Tablets, USP CII 10 mg/325 mg
This information is intended for U.S. healthcare professionals only.
INDICATIONS AND DOSAGE
Oxycodone and Acetaminophen Tablets, USP (CII) are indicated for the relief of moderate to moderately severe pain.
IMPORTANT RISK INFORMATION
Acetaminophen has been associated with cases of acute liver failure, at times resulting in liver transplant and death. Most of the cases of liver injury are associated with the use of acetaminophen at doses that exceed 4000 milligrams per day, and often involve more than one acetaminophen-containing product.
- Oxycodone and acetaminophen tablets should not be administered to patients with known hypersensitivity to oxycodone, acetaminophen, or any other component of this product.
- Oxycodone is contraindicated in any situation where opioids are contraindicated including:
- patients with significant respiratory depression (in unmonitored settings or the absence of resuscitative equipment).
- patients with acute or severe bronchial asthma or hypercarbia.
- in the setting of suspected or known paralytic ileus.
WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS
- Respiratory depression is the chief hazard from all opioid agonist preparations. In some patients, usual therapeutic doses of opioids may cause respiratory depression. Patients with pulmonary conditions and pre-existing respiratory depression are at the highest risk.
- There have been post-marketing reports of hypersensitivity and anaphylaxis associated with use of acetaminophen.
- Oxycodone can produce drug dependence of the morphine type and, therefore, has the potential for being abused. Psychic dependence, physical dependence and tolerance may develop upon repeated administration of this drug.
- The adverse effects of narcotics may be markedly exaggerated in the presence of head injury, intracranial lesions or a pre-existing increase in intracranial pressure. Narcotics may obscure the clinical course of patients with head injuries or acute abdominal conditions.
- Oxycodone may cause severe hypotension in individuals whose ability to maintain blood pressure has been compromised.
- Opioid analgesics should be used with caution when combined with CNS depressant drugs.
- Oxycodone and acetaminophen tablets should be given with caution to patients with CNS depression, elderly or debilitated patients, patients with severe impairment of hepatic, pulmonary, or renal function, hypothyroidism, Addison’s disease, prostatic hypertrophy, urethral stricture, acute alcoholism, delirium tremens, kyphoscoliosis with respiratory depression, myxedema, and toxic psychosis.
- Agonist/antagonist analgesics may reduce the analgesic effect of oxycodone and/or may precipitate withdrawal symptoms in patients receiving a course of therapy with oxycodone.
- Oxycodone may cause spasm of the Sphincter of Oddi. Opioids like oxycodone may cause increases in the serum amylase level.
- Serious adverse reactions may include respiratory depression, apnea, respiratory arrest, circulatory depression, hypotension, and shock.
- Common adverse reactions include lightheadedness, dizziness, drowsiness or sedation, nausea and vomiting, euphoria, dysphoria, constipation, and pruritus.
USE IN SPECIFIC POPULATIONS
- Use of narcotics during pregnancy may produce physical dependence in the neonate.
- Breast feeding: oxycodone and acetaminophen are excreted in breast milk in low concentrations.
- Pediatrics: Safety and effectiveness in pediatric patients have not been established.
|Description||White to off-white caplet shaped tablet|
|Dosage Strength||10 mg/325 mg|
|Identification Code||Debossed with “M523” on one side and “10/325” on the other side|
|NDC #||Package Size||Case Quantity|
|0406-0523-62||100 UD ten 2×5 blister cards||24|
For additional information on Oxycodone & Acetaminophen Tablets, USP CII 10 mg/325 mg, call Customer Service at 1.800.325.8888 or Medical Information at 1.800.778.7898.
Percocet is a registered trademark of Endo Pharmaceuticals.
People often wonder what Percocet looks like and as an example, they might question if there is yellow Percocet in addition to white.
First, yellow Percocet is prevalent. Usually, the highest strength 10/325 dosage is yellow Percocet, and it is often an elliptical or oval-shaped. If the Percocet is generic, it may also be yellow. Generally, yellow Percocet is the strongest available dose, regardless of whether it’s generic or brand name. Lower doses of Percocet tend to be white and round. It may be imprinted with “Percocet” if it’s the brand name, and it may also have a number on it that represents how much oxycodone it contains.
Some brand-name Percocet pills may also be blue and round. It’s important to be aware, however, that what you think is yellow Percocet or any other type of Percocet may be something different.
For example, in Georgia, overdoses and hospital visits spiked because people had been purchasing what they thought was yellow Percocet, but it ended up being potent and dangerous counterfeit pills.
Investigators said the yellow Percocet people thought they were buying was probably not actually the prescription drug, and a public safety alert was issued. This has been fairly common in recent years, with many people thinking they’re buying oxycodone only to find out it’s something like fentanyl or other drugs, which can be deadly.
The risk for misidentified yellow Percocet and white Percocet is just one of the many reasons you should never try to use or purchase prescription pain pills illegally.
If you or someone you know is struggling with Percocet misuse, treatment centers like The Recovery Village can help. Call today to learn more about recovery from prescription medication misuse.
Grey – Green
- Acetaminophen : 25
- Oxycodone : 1 Oxycodone aka Oxycontin
By: DanceSafe Staff
A round, white pharmaceutical style tablet with “RP” on one side and “10 325” on the other was sold as Percocet (Oxycodone and Acetaminophen) but tested as just Acetaminophen (Tylenol). The tablet was sourced and submitted to EcstasyData.org from Cincinnati, OH.
According to EcstasyData.org, there was no reaction for the Marquis, Mecke, and Mandelin reagents.
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