By FRANK LEWIS
PDT Staff Writer
Attorneys for the office of the Ohio Attorney General will be in Scioto County Common Pleas Court today to ask for a preliminary injunction to the operation of Greater Medical Advance in Wheelersburg. A temporary restraining order was filed last week to halt the operation, and now the AG’s office will be asking for the injunction to continue until a permanent injunction hearing is scheduled. If the permanent injunction is issued by Judge William T. Marshall, the facility would be closed permanently.
At the raid on the pain clinic, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said he was in the process of closing the facility
“We are seeking also today to have this facility declared a public nuisance, and to ask the judge to prohibit the use of this building for a year,” DeWine said.
Attorney Aaron Haslem who handles drug cases for the AG’s office, and will be arguing on behalf of the state today, said today’s hearing is essentially stage two of a three-step process.
On Dec. 20, DeWine and Scioto County Sheriff Marty V. Donini, led a raid on this clinic, the last reported pain clinic in Scioto County. Four people were indicted in the process: Owner George Marshall Adkins of West Portsmouth; the physician, Dr. Victor Andrei Georgescu; Tammy Newman, former owner and current employee; and Melissa Veach, an employee.
Within the last year, Scioto County has seen its pain clinic operations dwindle from nine to none, helped mainly by the involvement of the Scioto County Prescription Drug Action Team, SOLACE (Surviving Our Losses And Continuing Everyday), Portsmouth Police, Scioto County Sheriff’s office, the Ohio State Highway Patrol, pain clinic legislation introduced by State Rep. Dr. Terry Johnson, the State Medical Board, the State Pharmacy Board, and the Attorney General’s Office.
Frank Lewis may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 232, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.