A Georgia psychiatrist was arrested after 36 of his patients died. The psychiatrist, Dr. Narendra Nagareddy, is accused of running a pill mill and overprescribing opiates and benzodiazepine, prescription drugs that are “beyond his purview as a psychiatrist,” stated Clayton County Police Chief Mike Register.
“He is a psychiatrist in Jonesboro who has been overprescribing opiates and benzodiazepine and the last several years has had a multitude of overdoses and overdose deaths,” Register said according to a January 15 WSB-TV Atlanta report.
Autopsies of at least 12 of the psychiatrist’s patients showed that the cause of death was due to an overdose of prescription drugs provided by Dr. Nagareddy. According to Clayton County District Attorney Tracy Graham Lawson, the psychiatrist had no legitimate purpose for prescribing pain medication to his patients.
“Former and current patients have admitted to obtaining controlled substance prescriptions from Dr. Nagareddy without having a legitimate medical need,” show court documents.
Other patients of the psychiatrist have expressed their gratitude that they were not affected by the doctor’s pill mill: “I am so thankful that over the last nine years, while he was killing the people who trusted him, God kept me and my Dad safe,” said a woman who had been a patient at Nagareddy’s practice since she was 17. “I am truly shocked that someone would kill innocent people just to make money. I pray for God to be with the victims families, and for everyone affected by this horrible tragedy and betrayal of trust.”
On Thursday morning, shortly before the psychiatrist was arrested, almost 40 federal and local agents raided the offices of the doctor. Clayton County Police Department, the Georgia Department of Community Supervision, and DEA agents moved on to the doctor’s home after raiding his office. After the psychiatrist was arrested at his home, agents left behind a sign at his office’s door.
“If you need assistance with prescription drug addiction, call the Georgia Crisis Access Line at 1-800-715-4225.”
After news of the psychiatrist’s arrest made the headlines, many readers wondered why it took the DEA until now to take action. As Clayton County Police Chief Mike Register had commented, Dr. Narendra Nagareddy had a multitude of overdoses and overdose deaths over the “last several years.” “If the allegations are true, he is Dr. Death, no doubt about it,” said Register after the psychiatrist was finally arrested.