A psychiatrist arrested for turning his patients into drug addicts and causing the death of 36 of his patients was certified with the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Narendra Nagareddy had received his license in 1999 and at the time of his arrest, he had no disciplinary action, no criminal convictions, no medical malpractice suits, and no medical settlements.
A Georgia psychiatrist was arrested and is facing charges after 36 of his patients died, 12 from prescription medicine overdose, reports WWLP on January 15. According to the Clayton County District Attorney, Dr. Narendra Nagareddy is being accused of having violated the state’s controlled substances act for several years.
Thursday’s raid of the psychiatrist’s home and office in Jonesboro, just south of Atlanta, Georgia, ended with the arrest of Dr. Nagareddy. Why it took federal agents and the DEA several years to discover the psychiatrist’s “pill mill” is a mystery to many.
According to some of the psychiatrist’s patients, the psychiatrist’s way of getting his patients hooked on drugs was to provide them first with some form of opiates or benzodiazepine, and then continuing the prescriptions to make sure the patients stayed hooked on the drugs over several years.
“This dr is nothing but a drug pusher. instead of helping my disorder, he kept me wasted on 7 different drugs. waiting room is always filled, wall to wall, with patients. even with an appt you still would have to wait upwards of 4 hours for your appt everytime u go. super rude staff and an office that opens whenever staff decides to show up. if you want drugs, this is your guy, if you want help keep looking or youll end up in rehab,’ wrote one patient on RateMds.com. The comment was written in 2010.
“This guy is nothing but a legal drug pusher. I do not recommend him to anyone. He has the tendency to prescribe the older psychotropic drugs which require weekly blood test. How convenient for his office to have a medical examination room equipped with blood drawing techs. He seems to believe that prescribing MULTIPLE sedatives, several times per day is the answer for anxiety. He will trash you with DRUGS. It would be in your best interest to stay away from this QUACK,” wrote another patient in 2012 on Vitals.com.
It was the overdose death of Audrey Austin, a mother of two young boys, that finally got the attention of authorities. Audrey Austin suffered a fatal overdose from one of the two medications that Dr. Nagareddy had prescribed for her. Austin’s mother said that the psychiatrist’s arrest was long overdue:
“’I knew that he was doing this with people other than my daughter. I knew that she wasn’t the only one.”
After the psychiatrist was arrested, legal documents showed that the medical examiner could determine so far that at least 12 of Dr. Nagareddy’s patients have died from a drug overdose.