Two pain clinics are raided

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

Federal, state, and local authorities raid two pain clinics in Johnson County.

Investigators shut down Dr. Richard Albert's pain clinic and the Caremore Clinic in Paintsville for a criminal investigation.

DEA and Attorney General investigators showed up at Dr. Richard Albert's office and the Caremore Pain Clinic with search warrants in hand.

They shut down the business and seized records.

Bob Foster with the Attorney General's office said, "It has to do with the over prescription of controlled substances."

Paintsville Police and Johnson County Sheriff Deputies say they started the joint investigation three years ago. They believe the pain clinics contribute to the drug problem. "Normally if you come by this area on a business day with Dr. Albert, there's normally 50, 60, 100 cars here," said Sheriff Dwayne Price.

The Attorney General's Drug Task Force worked undercover here for a year but will not say what they want in the seized files.

Officials with the Attorney General's office and local police on scene say no charges are filed right now. Foster said,

"This is merely a search warrant and what we'll do is we'll take the evidence we gather here, we'll take it back, we'll review it, and we'll work with the United State's Attorney's Office in Lexington."

Dr. Albert did not comment. Sheriff Price said Dr. Albert surrendered his license today.

Several who came to the clinics during the search were arrested on DUI or drug charges, unrelated to the raid. Hager Hill Freewill Baptist Church Pastor Ronnie Spriggs said, "We have a terrible, terrible problem here and we're thankful something's being done to alleviate that situation."

No word on how long the investigation will take.

Pastor Spriggs has circulated a petition and collected 2,195 signatures asking the Johnson County Fiscal Court to ban pain clinics in the county.

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