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Gainesville drug treatment center to pay $20K in civil settlement
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Forsyth County News

GAINESVILLE — A Gainesville narcotic treatment program will pay $20,000 to settle allegations in federal court about not keeping complete and accurate records of the drugs sold and received.

According to a Department of Justice news release, the federal government’s allegation was that Lanier Treatment Center did not comply with regulations on controlled substances.

“Accountability audits conducted by the DEA revealed overages and shortages of methadone in 2010 and 2013,” according to the news release.

The center will have additional Drug Enforcement Administration oversight.

“The Controlled Substances Act requires treatment centers like Lanier Treatment Center to keep an accurate inventory of its controlled substances to prevent them from falling into the hands of dealers and addicts,” said Acting U.S. Attorney John Horn in a statement.

“The diversion of prescription narcotics and painkillers feeds the market for abuse and addiction, and Georgia is experiencing an epidemic of prescription drug abuse. We are committed to preventing the diversion of controlled substances by enforcing the recordkeeping requirements.”