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Neighbors petition against clinic, state responds

The pain clinic concerning neighbors. The pain clinic concerning neighbors.

JEFFERSONVILLE, IN (WAVE) – Residents say a pain clinic in their neighborhood is causing them pain and now the state's top attorney is getting involved.

"Oh I'm so excited! Merry Christmas," neighbor Linda Stephens exclaimed as she ran to hug fellow neighbor Keith Levell Monday afternoon.

Jeffersonville neighbors are quite literally rejoicing in the streets over Monday's developments.

"It's like an early Christmas gift. We just want them gone," Stephens said.

Linda Stephens lives right across the street in the 500 block of East Maple Street near downtown Jeffersonville.

The business is officially called the Clark County Wellness Center, but good luck finding any sign of that, let alone which door to enter.

The state of Indiana, however, says many people have been entering, to the tune of nearly 3,500 this year with the number of prescriptions written doubling that number.

The Indiana Attorney General says almost all those 8,000 prescriptions have been for one thing: Oxycodone.

The Attorney General wants the license of the clinic's doctor to be suspended.

Just like the clinic's name, the hours aren't on the door. Neighbors say the office is closed Monday, but we were able to get someone to answer.

WAVE 3 was greeted by a worker and a large dog, but no one wanted to talk. Those living nearby, however, have plenty to say.

"They basically invaded our neighborhood. We've had all out of state people parked in front of our homes and wondering through our alleys and our yards," Stephens said.

"We were hosting the scurge of the earth coming over," Levell said.

"Things have been stolen," neighbor Becka Christensen said.

Neighbors are posting signs in windows saying they're keeping an eye out, the home next door taking it a step further by putting signs on the front door saying they're recording and will call police.

"I have a flower shop. I leave my door locked now. I have to explain to my customers why they can't just open the door and come in like they used to," Christensen said.

Becka Christensen has spent almost all her life here and says the crime came when the pain clinic came.

"The very first week they were open over here, my neighbor got broken into; the first time ever he's been broken into. They busted the front door in," Christensen said.

Residents hope that with the state getting involved, it'll take the pain away having this clinic next door

"We were just thrilled to get this news," Levell said.

The Indiana Attorney General's Office is seeking to have the state medical board suspend the clinic's doctor, Dr. Lea Marlow.

"Our office filed for an emergency suspension against Dr. Marlow's license as we believe she poses an immediate threat to the public's health and safety," said Gabrielle Owens, Deputy Director of the Attorney General's Licensing Enforcement and Homeowner Protection Unit. "Considering the evidence of her prescribing practices, it is clear the minimum standards of acceptable pain management practices have not been met. The Attorney General's Office is committed to investigating and bringing actions against those who may prey upon addicts and add to the illegal supply of narcotics in our state."

The state says the office is cash-only and does not accept insurance or government programs.

Before Dr. Marlow opened the facility in August, officials say she worked for Central Kentucky Bariatric and Pain Management.

The board will consider the petition for suspension at its next meeting on Thursday, December 6.

If the suspension is granted, Marlow would not be allowed to practice medicine for 90 days while the Attorney General's Office drafts a formal complaint to submit to the board. In licensing cases, the board has the authority to determine what if any disciplinary action will be taken.

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