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Jeffersonville doctor evicted after suspension

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The city of Jeffersonville, Ind., is telling the owner of a notorious pain management clinic to get out. Now.

It was not a good week for the controversial doctor. On Thursday the State Medical Board suspended her license.

Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore was at the Clark County Wellness Center Friday morning when the eviction notice was posted for Dr. Lea Marlow's office at the Jeffersonville Pain Clinic.

Neighbors call the wellness center a "pill mill."

They fought its opening from the start and are now rejoicing that it will soon close.

It took just 60 seconds to deliver what Warren and Ruthann Hedge hoped for the last six months.

"I came down and told my husband, I said, 'Hallelujah they're gone!'" said Ruthann Hedge. 

"It's turned into a pill mill," added Warren Hedge.

The Clark County Wellness Center now has 15 days to end operations.

"You just knew something was wrong," said Ruthann Hodge. "You'd see someone go in, and 15 minutes later, they'd come out with a script in their hands."

Warren Hodge said the cars came from all over.

"Florida, Alabama and mostly Kentucky cars driving in here," he said. "They were unsavory people to me."

Moore said this was a new dilemma for Jeffersonville.

"Jeffersonville had never dealt with a problem like this before," he said. "You can't stop a business from coming in that's operating legally."

That's why Jeffersonville had to change the laws, drafting a new city ordinance restricting the location of pain clinics. This facility was grandfather into the new rules, but fell out of compliance when the doctors license was suspended.

No one inside wished to talk about the eviction notice.

"It's just destroyed this neighborhood," said Dan Christensen of the Franklin Commons Neighborhood Association. "The first couple of weeks they were here we had four houses broken into and at least 6 garages."

The neighborhood watch is still on stakeout. No patients today.

"Their armed guard was on the sidewalk there and was hollering, 'You think you've gotten rid of us? This war has just begun,'" said Christensen.

"If in 15 days they've decided, 'Hey, we're going to fight this,' then we are ready to fight," Moore said.

The State Attorney General filed a petition to have Doctor Marlow's license suspended for unsafe prescribing practices.

She allegedly wrote 8,000 prescriptions this year to nearly 3,500 patients -- with almost all of them received oxycodone.

Officials say it was a shady business that operated on a cash-only basis.

Marlow moved across the river after Kentucky cracked down on pill mills with new legislation this year.

Neighbors say her practice immediately brought crime and dangerous people to this Jeffersonville community.

There are new safeguards in place to prevent a pill mill from opening in residential areas.

Marlow is due to appear before the Indiana Medical Licensing board in Indianapolis late next January.

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