Evans psychiatrist arrested on drug charges

Monday, Feb. 7, 2011 6:06 PM
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An Evans psychiatrist was arrested on drug charges Monday after police went to his home to investigate an assault.

Rausch in 2007 (from Augusta Chronicle archives)  Special
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Rausch in 2007 (from Augusta Chronicle archives)

After arriving at the home of Jeffrey Lynn Rausch, 58, investigators discovered drug paraphernalia and a small amount of Ecstacy, a schedule I narcotic, said Columbia County sheriff's Capt. Steve Morris.

Information on what Rausch is charged with was not immediately available. 

In January 2009, Rausch was charged with possession of a Schedule II drug and traffic violations after police pulled him over for making an illegal U-turn. They found marijuana residue and blue powder in his car. Three other people were found in his home with drugs.

In March, Rausch was arrested again and charged with possession of a controlled substance and traffic charges, including driving on a suspended license.

Morris said police are still investigating the assault.

In 2005, Rausch was detained at the Aiken County Sheriff's Office and missed his April 23 wedding in Augusta, according to The Augusta Chronicle archives.

The groom-to-be first caught Richmond County deputies' attention when he crashed into a cruiser in front of Sacred Heart Cultural Center, the location of his soon-to-be wedding. He was found with an open bottle of gin in his car. However, because he registered below the legal limit, he was charged with open container and let go.

Several hours later in North Augusta, Rausch ran off the road, jumped a curb, hit a light pole and two trees on Georgia Avenue. He was arrested and charged with DUI and transporting legal liquor unlawfully, police said.

Several bags of tropical fish were also located in his vehicle, along with open bottles of gin and tequila.

Rausch is a former professor and Case Distinguished Chair in Psychiatry at the former Medical College of Georgia, now known as Georgia Health Sciences University. He was inducted into the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology in 2007, according to a news release issued at the time by MCG.

The organization, limited to about 700 leading scientists, aims to better understand brain disorders and behavior and advance the prevention and treatment of those disorders. Membership is limited to those making major research contributions toward that goal. Rausch was the first member of the organization from MCG.

A widely recognized expert on depressive, bipolar, anxiety and Asperger's disorders, Rausch published a study in a Neuropsychopharmacology that identified a mechanism of serotonin receptor adaptation that explains differences in response to
antidepressants.

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OhWell
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OhWell 02/07/11 - 07:22 pm
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Glad he's not my SHRINK!!!!

Glad he's not my SHRINK!!!!

the_source
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the_source 02/07/11 - 07:29 pm
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Psychiatrists and/or their

Psychiatrists and/or their kids are the most messed up people I've ever known.

rjv
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rjv 02/07/11 - 07:29 pm
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Sounds like this guy needs

Sounds like this guy needs more help than he gives !!!!!

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 02/07/11 - 07:31 pm
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Maybe he can save the
Unpublished

Maybe he can save the murderers on death row. Testify to their inability to rationalize.

CabisKhan
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CabisKhan 02/07/11 - 07:36 pm
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Did they ever get around to

Did they ever get around to investigating the Assault? posted @6:35pm

Boogaloo
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Boogaloo 02/07/11 - 07:37 pm
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Dude knows how to party.

Dude knows how to party.

happychimer
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happychimer 02/07/11 - 07:58 pm
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Columbia County is popular

Columbia County is popular lately.

Cynical old woman
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Cynical old woman 02/07/11 - 08:17 pm
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Can you say PARTAY ANIMAL?

Can you say PARTAY ANIMAL?

Cynical old woman
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Cynical old woman 02/07/11 - 08:17 pm
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Can you say PARTAY ANIMAL?

Can you say PARTAY ANIMAL?

caramelp
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caramelp 02/07/11 - 08:22 pm
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Yet another privileged

Yet another privileged Columbia County criminal. How many chances does this criminal deserve? Oh! CC, theres no crime problem here hey!

reba530
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reba530 02/07/11 - 09:48 pm
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Already started his wedding
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Already started his wedding off on a bad note. Glad he aint my hubby..He seems as if he needs the help instead of him trying to help people

dougk
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dougk 02/07/11 - 11:26 pm
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What's with the fish??
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What's with the fish??

Cadence
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Cadence 02/07/11 - 11:45 pm
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Fish were drunk, too. Bad

Fish were drunk, too. Bad thing is they were on their way to school (ha ha).

MJ
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MJ 02/08/11 - 12:18 am
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"In January 2009, Rausch was

"In January 2009, Rausch was charged with possession of a Schedule II drug and traffic violations after police pulled him over for making an illegal U-turn. They found marijuana residue and blue powder in his car. Three other people were found in his home with drugs."

How does THAT work? Get stopped for a U-turn and all of a sudden three people in your home get busted for drugs?

omnomnom
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omnomnom 02/08/11 - 01:43 pm
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blue powder? that was just a

blue powder? that was just a pixie stick, i swear

burninater
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burninater 02/08/11 - 02:30 pm
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LOL MJ -- do that many

LOL MJ -- do that many mind-altering drugs and you can take your whole house for a drive ...

raul
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raul 02/08/11 - 03:48 pm
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@cadence. LOL. I got it.

@cadence. LOL. I got it.

justice4u2
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justice4u2 02/08/11 - 04:16 pm
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It's not what you do, it's

It's not what you do, it's how you do it DOC, we've all got some skeleton bones in our closets that are going to fall out sooner or later. Just keep it out of the streets.

Ushouldnthave
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Ushouldnthave 02/08/11 - 04:44 pm
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Wow. Just wow.

Wow. Just wow.

I know the whole story
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I know the whole story 02/08/11 - 08:43 pm
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Since the Augusta Chronicle

Since the Augusta Chronicle has written his biography, let's get the rest of it. In 2000 he was in a severe auto accident. He broke both legs, his foot, his hand and his shoulder. To be able to walk again he required multiple surgeries on his legs and foot, not to mention the initial hospitalization. After each 'repair' of his bones, he was given the pain killer Oxycodone and Hydrocodone. He was taking these prescriptions daily for months. He became addicted, as many people do, and his life began the downward spiral he is now in. So far it has cost him his marriage, his family and his career. Here is a man that spent at least 22 years going to college, medical school, and specialized psychiatry education. He was the vice chairman of MCG's psychiatry dept. Think of this the next time you hear of someone being prescribed these drugs, or worse yet buying them illegally. If you're a doctor prescribing this drug, it is worth considering the long term consequences of what may happen to the patient. His should be a textbook case.

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