Office of the Attorney General
Nearly 30 Arrested in Connection with Search of Paintsville Pain Clinic

Press Release Date:  Thursday, January 26, 2012  
Contact Information:  Shelley Catharine Johnson
Deputy Communications Director
502-696-5659 (office)
 


Attorney General Jack Conway today announced the arrest of 29 people after local, state and federal authorities executed a search warrant at the Care More Pain Management Clinic in Johnson County. Investigators from the Attorney General's office, DEA, Johnson County Sheriff's department, Kentucky State Police, Paintsville Police, Prestonsburg Police and Floyd County Sheriff's department, searched the clinic as part of an ongoing investigation by the Attorney General's Office and the DEA into doctors who overprescribe pain medications.

During the search, 29 people were arrested on charges of public intoxication, DUI and for outstanding warrants. The arrests were made by the Johnson County Sheriff's Department and Paintsville Police.

This is the second time investigators have searched the Care More Clinic in the past year. General Conway's investigators, working with local, state and federal authorities, searched Care More and Dr. Richard Albert's Pain Management Center on February 16, 2011. A federal grand jury indicted Dr. Albert in July of 2011 on one count of conspiracy to distribute drugs without a legitimate medical purpose. It's estimated that Dr. Albert was prescribing more than 100,000 pills a month and averaged 55 patients a day.

In December of 2011, Dr. Albert pled guilty in federal court to conspiring to distribute and dispense controlled substances. He is scheduled to be sentenced in federal court in Pikeville on April 18, 2012.

For more information on Attorney General Conway's efforts to combat prescription drug abuse in Kentucky, please visit http://ag.ky.gov/rxabuse

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