Statewide recovery center faces lawsuit from Attorney General's office

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT)- A drug treatment clinic with locations in seven Kentucky towns faces a lawsuit from Attorney General Andy Beshear for illegally prescribing drugs to thousands of Kentucky Medicaid patients.

Though the clinic properly registered its business, Beshear alleges that The Recovery Center illegally profited from the Kentucky Medicaid program by falsely claiming it offered patients medical advice and treatment with prescriptions.

According to Kentucky state law, a clinic must provide treatment that includes steps to decrease dosage, however the clinics located in Frankfort, Hazard, Jackson, Mount Sterling, London, Paintsville and Richmond were providing prescriptions with no treatment.

“In our lawsuit we are calling these so-called clinics what they are – pill mills,” Beshear said. “The owners are strictly operating for profits and couldn’t care less about the health and safety of our families and neighbors who are struggling with addiction. It’s time they pay for their actions.”

This situation is similar to the opioid pill mills state officials targeted back in 2012, Beshear said.

The department pinpoints one example out of the Jackson Recovery Center where owners wrote 136 of the same dosage prescriptions in one business day in 2017.

Beshear said he is working with House lawmakers to create a permanent substance abuse trust fund to battle addictions.

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