Psychiatrist indicted for murder, over-prescription of opioids

The Georgia psychiatrist known as "Dr. Death" was indicted Wednesday for the deaths of three former patients and for nearly five dozen counts of unauthorized prescription of pain medications, according to AJC.com.

Narendra Nagareddy, MD, was arrested earlier this year on separate charges by the Drug Enforcement Administration when an additional three dozen of his patients died. All the patients had prescriptions of controlled substances from Dr. Nagareddy and investigators were able to confirm 12 of those patients had died from overdose, according to the report.

This indictment is an extension of those arrests, District Attorney Tracy Graham Lawson told AJC.com. It involves the deaths of Audrey Austin, David Robinson and Cheryl Pennington, who all died of overdoses, according to the report. The indictment lists prescriptions for Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, Fentanyl and Methadone, according to the report.

Dr. Nagareddy's arraignment is scheduled for July 1 and his trial begins Aug. 8, according to the report.

 

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