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A new investigation is underway at a Snellville nursing home after allegations that staffers overdosed a patient with methadone and opiates. Those are two drugs the resident was never prescribed. | News

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A new investigation is underway at a Snellville nursing home after allegations that staffers overdosed a patient with methadone and opiates. Those are two drugs the resident was never prescribed.
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Snellville, GA-- The embattled Snellville nursing home, New London Health Center, is facing new allegations of mistreating its patients.

Family members of Cecil Johnson, 91, said staffers at the facility gave him an overdose of narcotics he never had prescriptions for.

It happened at a time when the state has just wrapped up a different investigation at the nursing home and the FBI and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services had launched their own investigation into the facility.

Johnson's daughter, Elaine, sat down exclusively with 11Alive's Duffie Dixon to detail what happened.

"We visited him Friday, June 5, 2015 for his birthday. He turned 91 that day and was hamming it up with his granddaughter," said Elaine Johnson.

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Cecil Johnson had been at New London Health Center for a year and, according to his family and physician records, he was being treated for dementia, high blood pressure and a recent bout of pneumonia.

"He was taking medication for his dementia and a pill for his high blood pressure and just recently an antibiotic for the pneumonia, but that's it," said Johnson.

In the wee hours of Sunday morning, Elaine Johnson got a disturbing call that her father had been rushed to the hospital. It is what the emergency room doctors said to her that stunned her the most:

"They asked if my dad was taking narcotics. I said 'no'. He doesn't take any pain medication and definitely not narcotics," said Johnson.

According to notes written by the doctors in the emergency room, Cecil Johnson "had a urine drug screen and was found to have both opiates and methadone".

Doctors went on to write that when they questioned staffers at New London Health Center, "'The nurse in the nursing home denies the patient [had] received a narcotic or opiate".

Johnson's daughter launched a complaint with the state and asked both the nursing home and several nurses the same thing over and over.

"I said, 'He's not prescribed anything, so how could narcotics be in his system,;" said Johnson.

This latest complain comes just weeks after the state investigated New London after a bedridden patient was found with a 3-inch gash on the side of her head. No one has ever come forward to explain how it happened. That patient later died.

Meantime, the FBI and US Department of Health and Human Services has started their own probe into the nursing home and has talked to a number of families with loved ones in the facility.

"I really thought they would be paying more attention the fact that they were under investigation," said Johnson.

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