Dunwoody pain doctor arrested by DEA

A Dunwoody pain doctor was arrested Wednesday for allegedly running a pill mill.

Dr. Nisar Piracha, a medical assistant, and two patients were arrested by the Drug Enforcement Administration at his medical practice.

The DEA believes his medical office at 11 Dunwoody Park was operating as a pill mill, according to DEA spokesman Chuvallo Truesdell. The agency would not talk about the specifics of the investigation.

“Who would come from Kentucky or Ohio to be administered medications when you could go right around the corner in your state?” Truesdell said.

Truesdell told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that a pill mill, the street term, is a place where “doctors administer pain medication for profit without properly examining the patients, which is illegal.”

Piracha was charged with violating Georgia’s Controlled Substance Act, a felony.

According to his website, Piracha has been a practicing general surgeon for more than 30 years.

Medical assistant Jennifer Washington was arrested and also charged with violating Georgia’s Controlled Substance Act.