MORRISTOWN (WATE) - City officials shut down a local pain clinic, saying it was too close to a local school, church and pharmacy.
Tennessee Pain Consultants had been grandfathered in, even though the city adopted a new ordinance regulating pain clinics back in February. But the clinic has moved to a new location. And now that they're no longer in compliance with the city, they've been forced to close. The clinic is no longer operating from their new location on Andrew Johnson Highway in Morristown.
"The city adopted an ordinance at the beginning of the year, right after the general assembly established some policies, a definitive policy for pain clinics and their licensing and so forth," according to Morristown City Development Director Alan Hartman. "Like adult entertainment uses or a methadone clinic, a pain management clinic would have to be located in the City of Morristown, at least 1000 feet from a residential district, a church, a school, a pharmacy or an establishment that is licensed to sell alcoholic beverages."
The pain clinic's new location on Andrew Johnson Highway was within 1000 feet of a pharmacy, a convenience store that sells beer and the Seventh Day Adventist Church and School. One woman from Morristown said she is glad the city is enforcing the new ordinance.
"I've got relatives that are in rehab, long-term rehab, because of the pill problem, and doctors are just too easy - writing them like they're candy," said Patricia Sanchez.
According to Hartman, the pain clinic tried to appeal the distance requirement, but that appeal was denied. And according to signs posted on the clinic's former building, they plan to move and reopen.
6 News tried to contact officials at the clinic, but no one was available for comment.