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Jenkins fighting drugs in city

By: Marcus Conroy Email
By: Marcus Conroy Email

One eastern Kentucky town says it is taking a stand against prescription drug abuse, and looking to ban pain clinics.

Jenkins Mayor G.C. Kincer says he is modeling this ordinance after one put into effect in Knott County last month.

He wants to bring in new businesses and help Jenkins grow, but says he heard a rumor about a pain clinic before he took office.

"That they were considering putting one in Jenkins. I knew that I had to act fast," said Kincer.

"Everyone I talked to, all the residents I talked to, are enraged at the thought of even putting a pain clinic in this town," said Police Chief Adam Swindall.

At January's city council meeting, an ordinance was introduced to ban anyone from distributing pain medication other than accredited doctors or legitimate medical organizations.

"I just don't think that's in our food chain of growth, a pain clinic. It's just not fit in our mind for what we have in this city," said Kincer.

The Police Chief says he fully supports this ordinance, but also adds there are more problems than pills. Jenkins police say just last week, they found a meth lab in a car parked just outside the post office.

"Normally when we see narcotics being abused, we see child abuse, domestic violence. You see thefts, burglaries. We've had a large increase where the subjects are intoxicated," said Swindall.

Kincer and Swindall hope this ordinance will send a strong message against drug abuse, but only time will tell.

Under this ordinance, any pain clinic in Jenkins that is considered unlawful could face a $5,000 fine each day they are operating.

The second reading will be at the next city council meeting next week.


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