Albany -- At 9:00 this morning, the Albany Dougherty Drug Unit and the District Attorney's office shut down the medical practice of Dr. George C. Lawrence at 308 West Residence Avenue.
Authorities were investigating an unusually high number of prescriptions of painkillers prescribed by Dr. Lawrence, including oxycontin, dilaudid, and hydro-codeine. Officials from the state medical department and the U.S. DEA were present at the scene.
Dr. Lawrence was not arrested, but his medical records were seized. When authorities arrived to search the premises, they reported a line of people out the back door of the office, waiting to get prescriptions.
Some area pharmacists say that they decline to fill Dr. Lawrence's prescriptions, because they were suspicious about them.
District Attorney Ken Hodges asks that family members of Dr. Lawrence's patients who feel that a family member may have received painkiller prescriptions improperly contact his office with details.