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Owners of a Paintsville pain clinic have plead guilty to operating a pill mill

The owners of a Johnson County pain clinic will be sentenced in September after admitting in federal court they conspired with doctors to illegally dispense more than 50,000 prescription pills.

Tammy Cantrell, 40, of Oil Springs, and Shelby Lackey, 50, of Williamsport, pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiracy to distribute and unlawfully dispense Oxycodone and maintaining a drug involved premise.

Cantrell and Lackey owned and operated Care More Pain Management located in Paintsville.

According to the plea agreement from 2008 until approximately February 2012, the defendants conspired with two doctors to dispense Oxycodone to eastern Kentuckians without a legitimate medical purpose.

Court records stated that the doctors performed little or no physical examination before writing prescriptions that were usually for 90 Percoce. Patients paid $200 for the initial visit and $185 for subsequent visits; all fees were paid in cash. One of the doctors previously admitted he saw between 40 and 50 patients in one day.

In many instances, the doctors wrote prescriptions without seeing patients or signed blank prescriptions for office assistants to complete, according to the plea agreement.

Cantrell and Lackey paid the doctors as much as $8,500 a week. The clinic didn’t accept insurance and doctors made no referrals for physical rehabilitation.

Neither Cantrell nor Lackey are medically certified and have no nursing experience.

Filed under: Johnson Co. | Prescription pill abuse | Around the region | Announcements | Court cases


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