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Bradenton may adopt moratorium on ‘pill mills’

BRADENTON — The City Council today asked its attorney to draft an ordinance that would put a moratorium on the opening of pain clinics in Bradenton.

During a workshop session today, Councilwoman Marianne Barnebey asked her fellow council members to support her request for the moratorium, presenting them with a stack of articles and graphs on the problems the clinics, sometimes called “pill mills,” are creating in other communities.

The 1910 Medical Clinic recently opened for business at 1910 Manatee Ave. W., which is in Barnebey’s ward.

“They appear to be medical clinics dealing with people in pain,” the councilwoman said, speaking of pain clinics in general.

“But to distinguish between legitimate clinics operating to help people in pain and other operations, just look at the license plates of the cars in their parking lots,” Barnebey said. “Many of them are from Tennessee or Kentucky or some other state.

“In a quick amount of time they’re walking out with large amounts of narcotics.”

City Attorney Bill Lisch said he will have a draft ordinance ready for the council at its meeting at 8:30 a.m. May 12.

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