Ohio AG: Pain clinics gone from hard-hit county

December 20, 2011 - 4:10 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's attorney general says the last pain medication clinic has been closed in a county plagued by painkiller addictions.

The Drug Enforcement Administration has said Scioto (sy-OH'-tuh) County in southern Ohio is one of the worst places in the country for painkiller abuse.

Attorney General Mike DeWine said Tuesday that local and state officials shut down Greater Medical Advance in Wheelersburg, about 100 miles south of Columbus.

DeWine says an investigation found 14,000 prescriptions came out of the clinic in nine months.

Four people face charges including engaging in corrupt activity, drug trafficking and drug possession.

The announcement came as a man charged with illegally distributing prescription painkillers planned to plead guilty Tuesday in a separate case that Ohio authorities said involved the distribution of hundreds of thousands of pills.