NEW YORK-—Indian-American psychiatrist Dr. Narendra Nagareddy, MD, has been arrested after 36 patients die, at least 12 from overdose on prescribed medicines, according to media reports.
Dr. Nagareddy was held at his office Thursday following a raid by DEA agents, reported New York Daily News. Nearly 40 federal and local agents raided the offices in Jonesboro, before they seized more assets at Nagareddy’s house.
“He’s 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,” Clayton County Police Chief Mike Register told WSB-TV Channel 2 News, according to Daily News. Dr. Nagareddy was arrested on charges of overprescribing opiates and benzodiazepine.
Nagareddy’s license was issued in 1999 and complaints dating back several years have been found online referencing his prescription methods, Daily News said. Aside from the criminal charges, the Clayton County District Attorney’s Office has also filed a RICO civil action to seize Nagareddy’s assets.
“He’s charged with prescribing pain medication which is outside his profession as a psychiatrist and not for a legitimate purpose for the patient,” said Clayton County District Attorney Tracy Graham Lawson as reported by Daily News.
Dr. Nagareddy is a practicing psychiatrist (therapist) in Jonesboro, GA. He graduated from Kurnool Medical College in 1980 and has been in practice for 36 years, according to his bio at Sharecare.com.