Georgia sees spike in overdoses linked to fentanyl

This Aug. 2017 photo provided by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's Phoenix Division shows one of four containers holding some of the 30,000 fentanyl pills the agency seized in one of its bigger busts in Tempe, Ariz. As the number of U.S. overdose deaths continues to soar, states are trying to take steps to combat a flood of the drug that has proved the most lethal -- illicitly produced fentanyl.(Drug Enforcement Administration via AP, File)

Health officials are reporting a spike in overdoses linked to fentanyl mixed with other street drugs.

Fentanyl is potent and can be deadly even in small doses. And it’s difficult to detect when mixed with other drugs.

Across Georgia, at least 66 emergency departments reported seeing overdose cases between early February and mid-March involving fentanyl-laced cannabis products, cocaine, methamphetamines pain killers and other drugs.

Health officials also say fentanyl-related overdose deaths have risen dramatically during the pandemic.

Anyone struggling with addiction is urged to contact the 24-hour Georgia Crisis Line. That number is 800-715-4225.