Epiphany Center, Rome Inc. and New Horizons Treatment Center were accused of violating inventory requirements of the Controlled Substances Act. Epiphany Center, which was boarded up Monday, also agreed to voluntarily surrender its DEA license, the release states. The business can, however, reapply for a license.
Epiphany agreed to pay $12,500. New Horizons agreed to a $5,000 penalty and to more Drug Enforcement Administration oversight, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
“By failing to keep an accurate count of their controlled substances inventories, these narcotic treatment programs created the potential that prescription drugs would be diverted to illegitimate uses,” U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates states in the release.
Epiphany’s door was barred Monday afternoon. Andy Self, who works at a nearby jewelry store, said Epiphany’s building caught fire in October or November, and has been closed since then. Epiphany’s phone number was disconnected.
“NHTC settled with the DEA to avoid the expense of litigation and does not agree with the allegations,” said Kimberly Coley, New Horizon’s owner, in a statement. “After extensive legal fees were incurred in negotiations with the DEA, a decision was made to settle for a fine of $5,000 and sending inventory reports to the DEA on a scheduled basis. The settlement agreement states that NHTC made no admission of wrongdoing.
“New Horizons Treatment Center is very diligent with the inventory and record keeping requirements of all Opioid Treatment Program monitoring agencies. The Opioid Treatment Center has been in business for 13 years and has been the only accredited Opioid Treatment Center in Rome, Georgia. The Center has been awarded the highest CARF Accreditation each year it has been opened.”
According to the release, Epiphany had methadone overages in 2011 and shortages the following year. It failed to comply with all regulations about written orders for methadone and didn’t keep a dispensing logbook.
New Horizons also failed to maintain an updated, accurate record of the controlled substances it received, sold, delivered or disposed. A 2011 audit pointed to overages of methadone liquid, the U.S. Attorney’s Office states.
“The civil penalties set forth in this case are appropriate for the civil violations that these businesses engaged in,” said DEA Special Agent Harry S. Sommers.