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Jeffersonville hopes Clark County Wellness Center closed for good

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A pain clinic in Jeffersonville, Ind., at the center of controversy, has seen its last patient -- or at least that's what city leaders hope.

The city ordered the Clark County Wellness Center to close on Dec. 7 after its former doctor, Lea Marlow, had her medical license suspended.

The state attorney general found Marlow wrote more than 8,000 prescriptions last year and almost all the patients received Oxycodone.

Officials say she brought her pill mill operation to Indiana when Kentucky cracked down on its laws.

But when her license went into flux, neighbors say the owner of the pain clinic brought in another doctor.

The Mayor said there was nothing the city could do until the end of the 15 business days given in the cease-and-desist order.

Those 15 days are up today.

Jeffersonville and surrounding towns have drafted new ordinances restricting the location of pain clinics, trying to prevent this problem from returning to southern Indiana.

The closure is good news for Kelli Datillo, a neighbor.

"This type of doctor, and this type of business has no place in the medical community," Datillo said. "They feed on addicts and make addiction worse."

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