DEA raids suspected 'pill mill' at Hixson doctor's office

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The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) executed a federal search warrant at Tennessee Pain Institute in Hixson on Wednesday at 1008 Executive Drive.

Resident agent in charge John McGarry tells NewsChannel 9 the pain management clinic is a suspected pill mill, dispensing excessive levels of opioids.

According to the DEA, the clinic came under suspicion after being linked to an overdose death in Kentucky.

McGarry told NewsChannel 9's Katherine Marchand that several people from Kentucky were driving 5 to 6 hours to visit the location.

Agents spent Wednesday morning seizing the pain clinic's medical records.

NewsChannel 9 spoke with a doctor at the clinic but he declined to comment.

Patients in the office refused to go on camera but said they were "shocked" and said the clinic was a doctor's office, not a clinic.

So far there has been no word of any arrests in the case.

This is a developing story. Depend on NewsChannel 9 to bring you updates as we get them.

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