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Blairsville doctors arrested for writing illegal prescriptions

Illegal Prescription sting by DDA

Six arrested in prescription drug sting

Dr. Gowder in handcuffs

Dr. Gowder taken away in handcuffs

Dr. Heaton in handcuffs

Dr. Heaton taken away in handcuffs

Illegal Prescription sting by DDA

15,000 illegal prescriptions were filled during past 3 years.



February 4, 2016 - Six people in Blairsville were arrested in a multiple state prescription drug sting. The Blairsville community is shocked to see Dr. Gowder and Dr. Heaton being taken away in handcuffs from the Union General Hospital parking lots by DEA agents.

One of Dr. Heaton's patients, Jim Vanderhoff said Dr. Heaton was a good doctor. The arrest made national news with Atlanta 's WSB-TV Channel 2 reporting from the scene as the arrests occurred.



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