April 1, 2020  Last Update: November 12, 2019, 4:01 pm

Feds play ‘Connect the Dots’ and shut down Pill Mills in Georgia, Florida

In a Department of Justice (DOJ) press release the owners, managers, and doctors at ‘Atlanta Medical Group’ are accused of illegal distribution of hundreds of thousands of oxycodone pills.

The clinic was really a drug distribution operation with an extremely high volume of patients visiting from surrounding states.

The government indictment claims the arrested individuals “worked to procure and distribute oxycodone pills to addicts and illegitimate distributors”. It is not illegal to operate a pain clinic where a licensed physician prescribes pain killers to patients so there must be more to the story than these assertions.

The abuse of pain medication has become epidemic and now accounts for more deaths in Georgia than all of the traditional illegal drugs combined.

The DOJ press release says the “doctor was directed by the owners and managers to see as many patients as possible, in order to generate substantial profits through the sale of pills” and he did so “without conducting sufficient medical examinations”. It also alleges that the non-medical staff assisted in writing prescriptions and “the amounts of pills distributed to patients were excessive, with unusual dosage patterns”. All illegal activities.

If these allegations are proven true, the pill mill and its operators would be shut down based on the illegal activities, not dispensing copius amounts of pills to large numbers of out of state customers. But not all pill mills are sloppy.

Many so-called pill mills operate legally by requiring MRI scans of all patients and carefully managing the clinic. They technically deliver the same large quantities of pain pills to the black market via patients acting as illegal drug dealers and distributors.

While the DOJ release doesn’t mention the connection, the Georgia pain clinic investigation appears to follow from information obtained in a high-profile Florida pain clinic bust invoking Christopher George.

News accounts reveal two of the Georgia clinic owners were from Florida. One of them had prior ‘unpleasant’ business dealings with a now closed Florida pill mill. A prior news report (http://m.jacksonville.com/news/crime/2011-01-24/story/shuttered-jacksonville-pain-clinic-employees-named-federal-forfeiture) stated they “complained to police they were threatened by Christopher George and two cohorts” who had “stormed in accusing Jacksonville Pain of stealing their patients”. “George demanded 50 percent of Jacksonville Pain’s profits or they would torch the clinic”. This led to extortion charges that were later dropped out of fear from cooperating with an investigation would cause them to incriminate themselves.

It seems the feds are connecting the dots as they dig through the detritus these massively profitable pill mills create. Classic drug dealer behavior stands out when enacted inside what is supposed to be a legitimate medical clinic.

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