Media outlets in Atlanta have zeroed in on the arrest of an Atlanta physician by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.
Dr. Michael Fishman was arrested May 11 in the Plantation on St. George Island, after deputies received a domestic disturbance call. Deputies found Fishman in possession of 81 oxycodone pills, according to the sheriff's office.
Fishman, a board-certified addiction specialist, who once served on the Georgia Governor's Statewide DUI Task Force, has been in trouble for drug problems before.
Records from the Georgia Medical Board show his license was placed on seven years of probation in 1990, after he diverted the painkiller Sufenta for his own use and wrote prescriptions in the names of family members to obtain drugs for his personal use.
Fishman is director of the Young Adult Program at Talbott Recovery, a prominent Atlanta substance abuse treatment facility. The CEO of the facility, Steve Manning, said Fishman was placed on administrative leave following the incident.
After the arrest, Fishman was admitted to a treatment facility in Florida, according to Sheriff A.J. Smith.
His medical license is listed as active in the online database of the Georgia Composite Medical Board. His physician profile says Fishman graduated from the Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine in 1986 and has been practicing for 31 years.
Fishman has been described as "one of the leading doctors in drug addiction" by Atlanta media, and he has made numerous appearances over the years on Atlanta television stations to discuss drug abuse treatment and recovery.