Ga. drug treatment center to pay feds $20,000 to settle case

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia drug treatment center has agreed to pay $20,000 to settle allegations by federal investigators that it failed to keep required records of controlled drugs in its inventory.

John Horn, the acting U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, announced the settlement with Lanier Treatment Center of Gainesville on Tuesday.

Federal law requires drug treatment programs to maintain detailed records of prescription narcotics that they receive, dispense and dispose of in an effort to keep them from the hands of drug dealers.

Federal authorities say audits by the Drug Enforcement Agency found that Lanier failed to accurately track its methadone supply in 2010 and 2013 and also fell short on other record-keeping requirements.

As part of the settlement, the treatment center agreed to additional oversight by the DEA.

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