Floyd to Look at Restricting Pain Clinics


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PRESTONSBURG – Floyd County Judge-Executive R.D. “Doc” Marshall said Thursday that he and his staff would be talking with Knott County officials and looking closely at the ordinance that county’s fiscal court passed banning pain clinics within in its borders this past week.

“I would say that, for now, I would need to contact or talk with County Judge Randy Thompson in Knott and see what they actually did and how they went about it,” Marshall said.

Marshall compared the ban to the recent smoke-free ordinance passed last year in Floyd County.

“It’s sort of like when they came in and and did the smoke-free buildings,” continued Marshall. “There was an overwhelming desire for that to happen.”

After more is learned, Marshall said it could well be that Floyd County would follow Knott County’s lead.

“From the drug standpoint, after we see what they’ve done as a whole and after consulting with our county attorney regarding any ordinances that we would need to establish for this county, I would go on those premises,” Marshall said. “And if that be the case, I’m sure we will be in conformity.”

Knott County’s fiscal court passed the ordinance banning pain clinics within that county this past week, saying they believed the clinics to be a key in the widespread distribution of painkillers and other prescription drugs widely abused throughout the region.

“We are overrun with drugs,” said Marshall. “These are measures to start correcting the drug problem. From a personal standpoint, I will say that I am going to explore all the possibilities that are out there in making Floyd County as drug-free as possible.”

See the original article in the Floyd County Times