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Doctor Arrested in Connection with Suspected Northlake Pill Mill

For the second time in as many weeks, authorities make arrests at Southern Health Management.

Southern Health Management in Northlake, , was targeted again Tuesday and a doctor was arrested, according to authorities.

Dr. Michael Assevero, a gynecologist, was charged with conspiracy to distribute Oxycodone during yesterday's raid and was taken away in handcuffs.

"I'm just practicing good medicine," he said to a reporter.

He remains in custody at the DeKalb County Jail.

Federal drug enforcement agent Chuvalo Truesdell told WXIA-TV the office reminded him of a crack house from the 1980s.

"Drug dealers are drug dealers, whether it's a person who's on a corner dealing crack, or a clinician in a coat," Truesdell said. "These are patients who know they can come to this particular place and score prescriptions."

Nick Stabile, an employee at Southern Health Management, which is next to the DeKalb County police headquarters, told CBS the Drug Enforcement Agency is on a witch hunt.

"We don't do anything wrong here. We're by the book," he said.

Owner Jeffrey Gonzalez is out on bond of $50,000 following his June 14 arrest. He told Tucker Patch at the time: "That dog and pony show they put on at my medical center was intended to do what it did, make us look guilty. So sad our patients had to endure that."

The owner's mother, Pat Gonzalez, contacted Tucker Patch and said: "He has a genuine concern for those in pain due to accidents or medical conditions. There are so many who have had problems in finding doctors to treat them and prescribe the needed medication. He provided help for them at Southern Health Management that they so desperately needed."

Clinic patient Jen Phillips commented: "I hate this and I hate the stigma because a lot of valid patients are not getting help with chronic pain care. Not everyone is a pill head."

OakGroveParent August 06, 2012 at 06:08 AM
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OakGroveParent August 14, 2012 at 06:37 AM
Nobody is standing in judgment of you or others who have a legitimate need for long-term opioid therapy for chronic non-malignant pain. Nobody on this page has denied that long-term opioid therapy is a legitimate and necessary thing for some people who have conditions, such as spina bifida, that require long-term or even lifetime chronic pain management. There are many, many legitimate places to go for treatment --- clinics that are administered by Anesthesiologists, not OBGYN's. With all due respect, you should be seeing an Orthopedist or Neurosurgeon plus an Anesthesiologist (and again *not* an OBGYN) to address your health and pain concerns. Southern Health Management was *not* a legitimate pain clinic and is part of the reason the FDA has had to adjust prescription guidelines for the dispensation of narcotics.
OakGroveParent August 14, 2012 at 06:39 AM
PS Certainly we can refrain from saying F-you to one another on this website.....
Mike Parker September 18, 2012 at 03:45 AM
mikepar I dont take any kind of drugs but I have kids today because Dr. Assevero cared alot and took very good care of my wife. She was told it couldnt happen. Thank Dr. Assevero
mtnblueeyes March 25, 2013 at 08:37 AM
He was a great doctor and treated me with respect . The office was always neat and very clean. He helped me loose 20lbs and lowered my dosage and counts. Also he got me off my nerve pills I had been on 10 yrs.

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