Indian-origin doctor in US arrested after deaths of 36 patients
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Indian-origin doctor in US arrested after deaths of 36 patients

An Indian-origin psychiatrist dubbed “Dr Death” by police was arrested in Georgia state last week after 36 of his patients died over a period of time, 12 from alleged overdose of medicines.

world Updated: Jan 17, 2016 21:09 IST
Hindustan Times
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An Indian-origin psychiatrist dubbed “Dr Death” by police has been arrested in the US after 36 of his patients died with at least 12 killed by overdose on prescription medication.(Representative image)

An Indian-origin psychiatrist dubbed “Dr Death” by police was arrested in Georgia state last week after 36 of his patients died over a period of time, 12 from alleged overdose of medicines.

Dr Narendra Nagareddy, the psychiatrist, was arrested on Thursday in a raid at his offices in Clayton county, Georgia and home by over 40 federal agents, including those from DEA.

“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 a local TV news station WSB-TV Channel 2 News.

“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.”

Not much else could be found about Dr Nagareddy. He received his license in 1999, according to local news media reports.

“He’s charged with prescribing pain medication, which is outside his profession as a psychiatrist and not for a legitimate purpose for the patient,” Clayton County district attorney Tracy Graham Lawson has said.

Ruth Carr, a local resident, told WSB-TV her daughter Audrey Austin was under Dr Nagareddy’s treatment. The news outlet said citing legal documents that Austin had an office visit with Dr Nagareddy on February 20 and overdosed the next day. Austin was a mother of two boys.

The time period or cause of deaths attributed to Nagareddy couldn’t be ascertained from available accounts and statements. When asked by a a WBS-TV reporter, “Was he (the doctor) responsible for anyone’s death?”, attorney Steven Frey said, “We don’t believe so, no… I have had several calls from the medical community showing their full support for him, so I expect that they will continue to do so and we will vigorously defend him.” It was not immediately clear if Frey is representing Dr Nagareddy.

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First Published: Jan 17, 2016 18:16 IST