In March, Portsmouth City Council passed an ordinance allowing the City Health Department to regulate pain clinics, and as a result those facilities now must, among other things, be affiliated with a hospital.
Hillman, representing Southern Ohio Complete Pain Management LLC and Portsmouth Medical Solutions LLC, has filed a complaint for declaratory judgment and request for injunctive relief.
“All I want to do is litigate whether or not the city can do this,” Hillman said. “All I want to do is see to it that legitimate patients get help.”
Hillman said he believes the job of regulating pain clinics, pharmacies and doctor’s offices belongs with the State of Ohio and not with any local municipality. He said House Bill 93, sponsored by State Rep. Dr. Terry Johnson, which is now in the Senate deals with that issue on the state level.
At Monday night’s Portsmouth City Council meeting, Portsmouth City Solicitor Mike Jones said he hopes for a large turnout for the hearing which begins at 2 p.m. today.
Lisa Roberts, RN, of the Scioto County Prescription Drug Task Force indicated a large contingency would be on hand including members of SOLACE (Surviving Our Loss and Coping Everyday), who will carry pictures of their loved ones who have died as a result of abuse of prescription medications.