Georgia's 'Dr Death' Narendra Nagareddy arrested after deaths of 36 patients

12 patients suffered overdoses of prescription medication

Narendra Nagareddy has been arrested on suspicion of overprescribing prescription medication to his patients
Narendra Nagareddy has been arrested on suspicion of overprescribing prescription medication to his patients

A Georgia psychiatrist dubbed “Dr Death” by police has been arrested on suspicion of over-prescribing prescription medication, after 36 of his patients died.

Twelve of the 36 patients who reportedly died under the care of Dr. Narendra Nagareddy suffered fatal overdoses of prescribed medication.

Clayton County police chief Mike Register told WSB-TV Channel 2 News: “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.

“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.”

Among the patients who died following treatment by the psychiatrist is 29-year-old mum-of-two Audrey Austin, who suffered a fatal overdose of prescription medication just days after visiting the psychiatrist in February 2014.

It is believed the psychiatrist’s arrest came about due to the death of Miss Austin.

Dr Nagareddy has allegedly also received several complaints regarding the prescription of medication, since gaining his licence in 1999.

However, it is not thought that there are currently any medical malpractice suits or settlements against the psychiatrist, who denies the charges against him.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Please enter a valid email
Please enter a valid email
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Please enter your first name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
Please enter your last name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
You must be over 18 years old to register
You must be over 18 years old to register
Opt-out-policy
You can opt-out at any time by signing in to your account to manage your preferences. Each email has a link to unsubscribe.

By clicking ‘Create my account’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in