Got old opioids lying around? Get rid of them this way

10:17 am Oct. 24, 2017

Bottles of half-empty prescription pain killers that are hanging out in your bathroom shelves or sock drawer need to go.

“Unfortunately, our very own medicine cabinets can be a hotbed for the opioid epidemic,” Georgia Attorney General Chris

Ga. Sheriff in massive drug search faces new trouble: his own son

7:30 am Oct. 18, 2017

The teenage son of the southwest Georgia sheriff indicted for ordering a massive school-wide drug search has now run afoul with the law on a drug-related charge.

The drug arrest of Zachary Lewis Hobby last week has renewed speculation that Worth County Sheriff Jeff Hobby’s decision to search the entire local high school last April was somehow linked to his son’s troubles.

Sheriff Hobby and two deputies were indicted earlier this

Two Atlanta doctors joining colleagues in federal prison

7:09 am Jun. 29, 2017

When William Richardson and Nevorn Askari report to federal prison for their roles in a pill mill operation, the two former Atlanta-area doctors could find themselves in some familiar company.

At least a dozen other Georgia-licensed physicians have been sentenced to federal prisons since 2014 for violations involving opioids or other addictive substances.

The AJC’s Becca Godwin wrote earlier this week that Richardson was sentenced to four years and six months

Lawsuits accuse medical companies of exploiting diabetic and kidney patients

4:01 pm Feb. 23, 2017

Medical companies schemed to take advantage of patients’ chronic illnesses to pump up profits, according to two unrelated lawsuits filed on behalf of Georgians.

One suit, filed by a retirement fund for Georgia law enforcement officers, accuses DaVita of targeting low-income and elderly kidney dialysis patients in a strategy to boost stock prices.

It worked like this, the suit says: DaVita steered Medicare and Medicaid patients to private insurance by telling them