Operation UNITE officials continue fight against "pill mills"


Ky. (WYMT) - Operation UNITE officials say there is a strong need for pain management in Kentucky, but pain clinics involved in illegal activity need to be shut down.

Federal investigators searched a Hazard pain clinic and doctor's office Monday. It is unclear what they were looking for, but UNITE officials say problems with pain clinics are nothing new.

"They line up at six o'clock in the morning. Long lines out front, cars in the lot from other states. Those are red flags. And obviously, we as well as other law enforcement partners in Kentucky, we are going to continue to investigate the pill mills," said Dan Smoot, the President and CEO of Operation UNITE.

Officials say house bill one has been a major reason why "pill mills" have been closed throughout the Commonwealth.

They also say the continued effort of finding pain clinics operating illegally will need to be a team effort.

"I think we all have to come to the table on this. The medical profession, the law enforcement, the treatment, the education. This is an epidemic in our region and I think it's going to take all of us coming to the table to stop it," Smoot said.

Smoot also urges folks who see suspicious activity at pain clinics to contact local law enforcement.


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