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Clark County

December 3, 2012

6 P.M. UPDATE: AG asks for license suspension for doctor of controversial pain medication clinic

Jeffersonville doctor has issued more than 8,000 prescriptions in 2012; more than 95 percent for Oxycodone

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JEFFERSONVILLE — NEW ORDINANCE

In the wake of the pain management moving into Jeffersonville, the city put a moratorium on allowing any new clinics to locate in the city while they drafted a law that would limit where a pain management clinic could locate.

Two ordinances were passed at a November city council meeting that restricted clinics that offer pain prescriptions to patients to industrial zones and keeps them from locating within 1,000 feet of a place of worship, a school, public park or the boundary of a residential district.

Merkley said during the meeting that Clark County Wellness was not subjected to the new restrictions and were allowed to operate in its current location under a grandfather clause. He added that as long as the clinic stays open continuously, the new restrictions passed will have no affect on the business.

However, if the business halts operations or closes it doors the restrictions would apply, he said.

“Everyone would be thrilled if that were the consequence of this,” Spence said, referring to the closure of the clinic. “The only concern is the doctor is not the owner. So, if [Singleton] hires another doctor, there’s an outside chance things would continues as is.”

“I think justice will be served,” said Mayor Mike Moore. “I know Franklin Commons has been fighting hard against this. They are aggravated and pleading for help. It sounds like the state has heard their complaints. I think the doctor has written too many prescriptions and hopefully they will suspend her license.”

According to the release, in licensing cases the board has the authority to determine what if any disciplinary action will be taken.

Calls made to Singleton were not returned as of press time.

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