The Catoosa County Commission this morning took what county officials described as the “proactive” step of putting a moratorium so-called “pill mill” pain management clinics.
Commissioners unanimously passed an ordinance that puts a six-month hold on the businesses, which prescribe and then fill prescriptions for potentially addictive pain-killers such as oxycodone.
Currently, there are no such clinics in unincorporated Catoosa County.
But officials fear pill mills could come, because they’re being forced out of Florida and Catoosa County is conveniently located near Interstate 75.
“We’re doing what we can to protect our youth ... and the county, as well,” commission Chairman Keith Greene said.
Tim Omarzu covers Catoosa and Walker counties for the Times Free Press. Omarzu is a longtime journalist who has worked as a reporter and editor at daily and weekly newspapers in Michigan, Nevada and California. Stories he's covered include crime in blighted parts of metro Detroit and Reno, Nev.; environmental activists tree-sitting in California's Sierra Nevada foothills; attempts by the Michigan Militia to take over a township¹s government in northern Michigan. A native of Michigan, ...