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Doctor linked to dozens of dangerous overdoses

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A Clayton County doctor is facing charges after police say he repeatedly prescribed dangerous medications to patients for no legitimate medical reason.  DEA agents raided Doctor Narendra Nagareddy's office last week.  He is currently out on bond.

The District Attorney told CBS46 that 36 of his patients have died, and a dozen of those are confirmed to have died from drug overdoses.

Lynn Autry's life has been turned upside down. Lynn's daughter Audrey was a mother of two boys who now spend the bulk of their time with their grandmother.

"She was a loving person," Lynn Austin said Wednesday of her daughter-in-law Audrey.  Audrey was one of the 36 patients discussed in a newly-released search warrant.  Investigators said she died of a drug overdose after receiving medication from Doctor Nagareddy despite not seeing him in person for months.

"I think about her every day," Austin said.  "It just seemed like it wasn't real."

According to a state warrant obtained by CBS46, Audrey was prescribed 90 Alprazolam tablets and 90 methadone tablets by Dr. Nagareddy two years ago, despite not seeing him in person for months.

She suffered a prescription drug overdose in February of 2014. Records show she had a history of drug abuse.

CBS46 News was there when DEA agents raided the doctor's Jonesboro office last week in search of records, book and documents, centered on an alleged illegal operation.

The search warrant alleged Nagareddy "regularly prescribed excessive amounts of controlled substances for no legitimate medical purpose with several receiving minimal examination, evaluation or testing." 

Doctor Nagareddy is out on bond and he's scheduled to be back in court in February.

CBS46 reached out to the doctor.  Our attempts were unsuccessful.

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