Arrests at Paintsville Pain Clinic

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Updated: 1/25/2012 5:34 pm

A raid at a pain management clinic in Paintsville has resulted in 29 people being arrested.  According to the Kentucky Attorney General's Office, local, state and federal authorities executed a search warrant at the Care More Pain Management Clinic today.  Investigators from the Attorney General’s office, DEA, Johnson County Sheriff’s department, Kentucky State Police, Paintsville Police, Prestonsburg Police and Floyd County Sheriff’s department searched the clinic as part of an ongoing investigation into doctors who alledgedly overprescribe pain medications.

During the search, 29 people were arrested on charges of public intoxication, DUI and for outstanding warrants. According to the Associated Press, the clinic co-owner Aaron Cantrell was outside the clinic during today's raid but refused to comment.

This is the second time investigators have searched the Care More Clinic in the past year. A federal grand jury indicted Dr. Richard Albert, a former doctor at the clinic, in July of 2011 on one count of conspiracy to distribute drugs without a legitimate medical purpose. It’s estimated that Dr. Albert was prescribing more than 100,000 pills a month and averaged 55 patients a day.

In December of 2011, Dr. Albert pled guilty in federal court to conspiring to distribute and dispense controlled substances. He is scheduled to be sentenced in federal court in Pikeville on April 18, 2012.

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