Judge holds hearing on alleged Ohio ’pill mill’

PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (AP) — A southern Ohio judge has ordered the continued closure of a medical clinic described by authorities as little more than a drug house.

Greater Medical Advance in Wheelersburg was temporarily closed last week by a Scioto County judge. The facility’s operator and clinic’s doctor face charges of corrupt activity and drug trafficking.

A different county judge on Wednesday ordered the facility to remain closed for now.

The facility was the last so-called ‘pill mill’ in Scioto County, where tens of thousands of painkillers were allegedly prescribed or dispensed to almost anyone who walked through its doors.

The owners of the building where the clinic was located denied any knowledge of illegal activity. Their attorney says they voluntarily agreed to the space remaining closed temporarily.

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