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GEORGETOWN, Ind. (WDRB) -- A new prescription aims to crush the pill mill problem before it gets worse in southern Indiana.
The Georgetown Council called a special meeting Tuesday afternoon to consider a one-year moratorium or ban on pain clinics in the town limits. Leaders became concerned when small town chatter said a so-called pill mill wanted to move into the town. Georgetown Public Works Director Jim Reynolds said, " We are very much so concerned about the health safety and welfare of our citizens. We have heard there is an interest, but we have not seen any signs of it."
Signs or not, most government officials in southern Indiana are on high alert for questionable pain management offices. Kentucky cracked down on the industry last year with new legislation. Some said that forced the problem to float across the river. Jeffersonville and New Albany city leaders have since passed new zoning ordinances restricting the location of pain management clinics. The Floyd County Plan Commission passed the same moratorium as Georgetown Monday night. Floyd County Director of Operations and County Planning, Donald Lopp said, " This was spearheaded through the health department regarding their concern on how these businesses operated."
The moves in Georgetown and Floyd County come as a direct result of what happened in Jeffersonville. City leaders shut down the Clark County Wellness Center after the Indiana medical board of licensure suspended Dr. Lea Marlow's license. The Indiana Attorney General found Dr. Marlow prescribed 95 percent of her patients Oxycodone.
Indiana is one of only two states left in the county with no direct legislation regulating the for profit- pain management industry. These new rules on the local level are only designed as a stop gap. Reynolds said, "We want to place a moratorium to give our legislature time to act."
State Senator Ron Grooms of Jeffersonville has introduced a pain management bill in the Indiana legislature that would require drug clinics to be certified. Senate Bill 246 was sent to the Committee on Health and Provider Services.