Jeffersonville residents rally against pain clinic in neighborhood

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by Brittany Gonzalez

WHAS11.com

Posted on August 12, 2012 at 11:45 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 13 at 11:02 AM

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WHAS11) -- Controversy is stirring between a pain management clinic in Jeffersonville and the residents who live nearby.

“Crime is our biggest concern, and of course they are coming here getting their prescriptions we don’t know what kind of shape they are in,” Dan Christensen said.

The Clark County Wellness Center on Maple street opened its doors nearly two weeks ago. Mayor Mike Moore calls the center a black eye on the city.  “ I don’t want Jeffersonville to be known as the place you get your prescription pill,” said Mayor Moore.

The clinic is operating legally, but neighbors told WHAS11 they see hundreds of cars coming and going from the clinic everyday with out of state tags.

“It brings in people who are so desperate they are willing to drive three hours from out of state to get here,” Kitty Zachery said.

WHAS11 tried to reach the owner of the pain clinic, Will Singleton, for comment but there were no numbers listed at the clinic. WHAS11 also tried the number listed for Dr. Lea Ann Marlow, the doctor who operates the clinic, but it was disconnected.

Residents said they want tougher prescription pill laws like the new law passed in Kentucky in May, which required pain clinics be owned by doctors.

Mayor Mike Moore told WHAS11 he has been working with state lawmakers to push a similar bill.

 

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