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Friday, September 9, 2011

Local pill mill busted for selling 'scripts

Weird timing.

Just a two days after city councilman Kwanza Hall introduced an ordinance that would impose a year-long moratorium on the issuance of business licenses to new pain management clinics here in Atlanta, a so-called
"pill mill" down in Henry County was busted by the feds.

From the AJC:

The DEA and Henry County law enforcement raided the Stockbridge Pain and Wellness center Wednesday after a three-month investigation, Channel 2 reports. Investigators told Channel 2 that the clinic was open one day a week and for $350, Dr. Mike Tan would write prescriptions for narcotics like Xanax and Oxycodone.

Tan wasn't present during the bust, but his attorney says he'll turn himself in sometime over the weekend.

As councilman Hall mentions in his ordinance, deaths from prescription drug abuse in Georgia have steadily increased over the past few years and have far outnumbered deaths from the abuse of illicit drugs. According to stats from the Georgia Drug & Narcotics Agency, of the 729 overdose deaths in 2010, 560 were attributed to prescription drugs. Another 68 resulted from some combination of illicit and prescription drugs. (For some reason, though, these stats don't include Fulton, Cobb, Gwinnett, DeKalb, Henry, Hall or Rockdale counties.)

WSBTV spoke to Wayne McClure, a local father who claims his 27-year-old son overdosed on pills that were being prescribed by the hundreds at Stockbridge Pain and Wellness Center. "I hope he can live the rest of his life knowing he took my boy's life," McClure said of Tan.

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