A pharmacy in Russell Springs lost its privilege to handle controlled substances Tuesday following an order from the Drug Enforecment Agency.
Leon and Anna Mae Grider, owners of Griders Drug at 539 Main Street and 124 Dowell Road in Russell Springs, were served with immediate suspension orders and all narcotic medications were seized.
Rich Isaacson, a DEA spokesman, said the order, which is not a criminal offense, was made because Griders was allegedly mishandling opiate painkillers such as oxycodone and hydrocodone.
"The DEA determined the way they were handling their business is a danger to public health and safety," Isaacson said.
Several instances at Griders raised a red flag for the DEA, Isaacson said, including a person having a narcotic prescription refilled an excessive amount of times in a certain time span.
The Griders will face a formal hearing in 60 days to determine whether they will regain their ability to prescribe narcotics. The pharmacies will remain open and can fill prescriptions for non-narcotic medications.
Joel Smith, legal counsel for Griders, did not return phone calls.