A Bowling Green doctor's office is closed after the Kentucky State Board of Medical Licensure found it had been dispensing large quantities of narcotics.
On Wednesday when the Kentucky State Board of Medical Licensure delivered the papers that would revoke the temporary license to practice in Kentucky of Dr. James bridges at Advanced Therapeutics in Bowling Green.
It was weeks before that, when officials at TriStar Greenview Regional Hospital began noticing their parking lot filling with patients going across the street to Dr. Bridge's office.
"We saw cars with license plates from Indiana, central parts of Tennessee, and northern to central parts of Kentucky as well kinda thought that was kind of out of place," said TriStar Greenview Regional Hospital Chief Operation Officer Andre Boyd.
They say this kind of traffic into one office is rare, and it was the traffic that sparked initial complaints to the Bowling Green Warren County Drug Task Force.
"We received several complaints at the drug task force concerning this practice. Many people coming in there from primarily east Kentucky. People lining up in the hallway, and certainly not the things you'd see in a normal medical practice," said Director of Bowling Green Warren County Drug Task Force Tommy Loving.
Loving says Kentuckians obtaining prescription pills from out of state doctors has been a problem, but it was unusual for people from the far reaches of Kentucky to come to this office.
"It's actually people from counties 100... 200 miles away coming to a physician with a pain practice. What we saw is something out of the norm," said Loving.
Dr. Bridges is alleged to have been distributing large quantities of Oxycodone and Xanax.
Dr. Bridges is a Tennessee-licensed physician. While his temporary license to practice in Kentucky has been revoked, he has not be charged with any crime at this time.