NRI Pulse Staff Report
Atlanta, GA, May 21: Dr. Narendra Nagareddy, a Jonesboro,GA psychiatrist linked to the deaths of 36 patients has been indicted on three counts of felony murder and 57 charges of unauthorized distribution of controlled substances, according to local media reports.
Thirty-three other alleged victims named in the affidavit were not presented to this grand jury because they didn’t die in Clayton County.
Dr Nagareddy and his family are well known in the Indian-American community circles of south Atlanta. His wife is a family practitioner.
Dr Nagareddy was arrested in January this year week following a raid by nearly 40 federal and local agents after 36 of his patients allegedly died, with at least 12 allegedly killed by overdose on prescription medication.
“He’s a psychiatrist in Jonesboro who has been over prescribing opiates and benzodiazepine and the last several years has had a multitude of overdoses and overdose deaths,” Clayton County Police Chief Mike Register had told Channel 2 News during the time of the arrest. “People come to this person for help, and instead of getting help, they’re met with deadly consequences.” If the allegations are true, he is Dr. Death, no doubt about it.”
Dr. Nagareddy is accused of violating Georgia’s Controlled Substance Act. He has been practicing for more than 15 years and has had no ethical complaints filed against him, reports People.com.
According to documents filed in court, it has already been established that 36 patients died while they were being treated by Nagareddy. Many patients of the psychiatrist also confessed that they obtained prescriptions of certain substances from him without having a real medical need.
He was charged with prescribing pain medication, which is outside his profession as a psychiatrist and not for a legitimate purpose for the patient.
Ram Gangaraju, whose autistic son was being treated by Dr Nagareddy, has good words for the psychiatrist.
“We follow the dosage that Dr Nagareddy prescribes. He is very particular that we take the meds on time, and makes sure that we follow it (the regimen) with care,” Gangaraju said.
Dr Nagareddy is being held without bond. A court date has been set for July 7.