Overdoses spike after bad batch of pills finds its way into Glasgow

GLASGOW, Ky. – The Glasgow Police Department has recently seen around a 250% increase in overdose incidents in the community over the past three weeks.

Police say, there have been around 10 to 12 overdoses they suspect are the result of counterfeit pills that contain fentanyl or other synthetic opioids.

These deadly synthetic drugs can be 80-100 times stronger than morphine, according to police.

Luckily so far, none of the Glasgow overdoses resulted in death, however, if this trend continues, police say it is only a matter of time before treatment is not administered in time.

“We’ve got individuals out there that are selling these pills containing fentanyl and the subjects that are buying them are overdosing from that. Some are going unconscious [and] the police officers are having to use Narcan to help out in those situation,” said Flatt.

These pills often bear the same markings and stampings as oxycontin, Xanax and other legitimate pills, but are likely being sold on the street.

According to DEA statistics, 9.5 million counterfeit pills had been seized this year so far, which was more than the last two years combined.

Recently, the Bowling Green Warren County Drug Task Force seized several thousand pills of what they suspect is laced with fentanyl, according to the director, Tommy Loving.

“You may take a pill thinking it’s an Oxycontin or a Xanax, I’ve seen them appearing to be either, and it’s actually fentanyl and take the one pill and die from it,” said Loving.

Please, get help if you or a loved one overdoses. Law enforcement and medical professionals first priority is your safety.

There are resources available to you in the community according to recovering addict Jimmy Vibbert.

“[There’s] no life in it I mean you’re going to there’s only two ways you’re going to end up either incarcerated or dead,” said Vibbert.

Vibbert hopes he can use his story to help others in his community get clean as well.

He invites anyone struggling to Celebrate Recovery at River Lake Church on Sundays from 4:00 P.M. until 6:00 P.M. They do provide childcare.

If you suspect you have some of these counterfeit pills, do not use them and contact law enforcement immediately.