JONESBORO, Ga., Jan. 16 (UPI) -- A Georgia psychiatrist was arrested during a DEA raid after he was accused of running a pill mill resulting in the deaths of more than 30 patients.
Dr. Narendra Nagareddy was linked to the death of 36 of his patients, 12 of whom died from overdoses of prescription medication.
"He's a psychiatrist in Jonesboro who has been overprescribing opiates and benzodiazepine and the last several years has had a multitude of overdose deaths." Clayton County Police Chief Mike Register told WSB-TV.
More than 40 local and federal agents raided the doctor's office and home armed with a search warrant as he was accused of violating the state's Controlled Substance Act.
The State Board of Medical Examiners staet that he had no past disciplinary action, criminal convictions,medical malpractice suits or medical settlements.
Court documents indicate Nagareddy had a history of improperly dispensing prescriptions.
"Former and current patients have admitted to obtaining controlled substance prescriptions from Dr. Nagareddy without having a legitimate medical need," court records show.
The district attorney's office filed a Racketeer Influence and Corrupt Organizations civil action to seize his assets and a sign was posted outside his office directing visitors to a drug addiction hotline.