Federal, local authorities investigate three central Indiana pain clinics

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind (Feb. 26, 2016)--Three central Indiana pain clinics were searched by federal and local agencies Friday morning.

Sources tell CBS4 the Pain Management Centers of Indiana are being investigated for the alleged overprescribing of pain medications possibly linked to overdose deaths.

The investigation is spearheaded by the Drug Enforcement Administration along with local agencies in Marion, Miami and Monroe counties. The prosecutors from all three counties are  assisting  along with The Indiana Attorney General.

Records and files were removed in evidence boxes from the clinics. They operate in locations in Peru, In, Bloomington, In and the south side of Indianapolis.

The main physician's home was also searched in addition to the three practices.

According to the Miami County Prosecutor's office, the investigation was sparked in part by individual complaints.

"It is the duty of DEA, the Attorney General and the prosecuting attorneys to investigate such complaints. Whether or not they are substantiated by the evidence being gathered and reviewed may not be determined for several weeks," said Bruce Embry, prosecuting attorney for Miami County.

Addiction counselor Scott Watson says these investigations are key in holding physicians accountable.

"To prescribe opiates to treat chronic pain is really old school medicine. There are better ways to treat chronic pain than to simply push more medicine at those patients​," said Watson.

CBS4 is withholding the doctor's name because criminal charges have yet to be filed.

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