In a memorandum to deputies, Burkhalter called and assigned deputies to “remove any and all signage as it relates to pain management found on the side edges or adjacent to any roadway.”
“These signs just came out last week,” Burkhalter said. “We can’t wait until next Wednesday. How many kids will see it before then?”
The signs include a number for Woodstock clinic called “Pain Management and Wellness Clinic.”
Myron Green, who works at the clinic, said he had a sign company put them out and if he knew the signs were going to be a problem he would have had the sign company pick them up.
According to Floyd County Manager Blaine Williams the building inspector’s office picks up the signs, which are illegal because they are on the right-of-way.
Burkhalter said a lot of people are exposed to the signs that don’t need to be.
“We have two hospitals and hundreds of doctors in Floyd County,” Burkhalter said. “Why would anyone have to drive to Woodstock to get medicine?”
Burkhalter compared the issue of pain management clinics to the video gaming machines that were an issue a few years ago. Prescription drug abuse and so-called “pill mills” are a statewide problem, he said.
“We stood around and turned our heads with these video gaming machines,” he said.
“Now look at the mess we got.”
Burkhalter said he would keep the signs at the sheriff’s office for a few days in case the company wants to pick them up.