Georgia plastic surgeon Dr. Keith Jeffords, M.D., has surrendered his DEA registration and agreed to pay $100,000 in penalties to resolve allegations that he wrote prescriptions for “powerful opioids” after the state’s medical board suspended his license in late November 2021.
“A suspended medical license means that a doctor cannot write prescriptions for controlled substances, period,” U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Buchanan said in a news release statement Monday.
Dr. Jeffords operates a plastic surgery practice in Smyrna, Georgia.
He voluntarily surrendered his DEA registration and agreed not to hold one for five years as part of resolving Controlled Substances Act violations.
Doctors are required to have DEA registration to prescribe drugs.
The Georgia Composite Medical Board suspended Dr. Jefford’s license after an evaluation allegedly concluded in part that he was “unsafe to practice medicine due to ongoing concerns about boundary violation issues,” according to the Board’s December 2021 Public Board Actions List.