The Holly Springs City Council on Monday night approved the first ordinance in Cherokee County designed to block "pill mills" from opening in the city. Marietta was the first city in Cobb to pass a similar ordinance. These businesses are known for issuing unneeded and excessive narcotics prescriptions to customers.
The ordinance allows the city to require pain management clinic applicants fill out surveys detailing how they plan to operate before granting them business licenses.
This will ensure businesses are operating "the right way," Holly Springs Community Development Director Brantley Day said.
The city wanted to create a license just for pain clinics, but state law prohibits it, Day said.
"It's really not possible to separate them," he said, adding the city will classify pain management clinics as either a pharmacy or a medical establishment.
Pill mills have become an epidemic nationwide, according to law enforcement agencies, with operators allowing people to choose what drugs they want without medical necessity and often pay cash. Heavy duty painkillers such as Oxycontin are a popular at pill mills.
Woodstock's City Attorney Eldon Basham is in the midst of drafting an ordinance regulating pain management clinics for the Woodstock City Council to consider approving.