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GBI confirms first "Gray Death" in Georgia

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The GBI Crime Lab has confirmed Georgia's first "Gray Death."

The overdose epidemic in America and Georgia may soon be getting worse as a new powerful drug finds its way to the streets and users. Law enforcement first detected the drug in the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) Crime Lab where an analyst named it "gray death." 

“Gray death is essentially a mixture of the worst drugs that you never want to put in your body all in one,” explained Deneen Kilcrease, Chemistry Section Supervisor at the GBI Lab.

It looks a lot like concrete powder with its signature gray color. The deadly concoction, injected into the body like heroin, is a toxic mix of synthetic opioids. There's usually heroin, fentanyl, and sometimes even carfentanil. It’s booming in popularity among drug users looking for the next best high.

“The crime lab has identified 50 cases statewide since March,” stated Nelly Miles, a spokesperson for the GBI.  The drugs were seized by law enforcement all over the state. One case was associated with an overdose death.

“These drugs are so deadly we fear that we may have even more overdoses on the way,” Kilcrease shared.

Lauren Camp, 24, is the first known overdose in Georgia. Her mother tells CBS46 she died in February after using "gray death" inside a Brookhaven condo. 

“I saw her last at Christmas and I told her every time you do this it is a 50/ 50 chance,” Wynette Haviland recalled.  

Haviland said her daughter repeatedly tried to stop using drugs and escape the grasp of addiction but lost her battle when she encountered the drug that lived up to its name: gray death.

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