Here’s a look at health and environmental news from around South Carolina.
COLUMBIA, SC (WTAT-TV) — New health data in from the state health department reveals widespread flu activity in South Carolina.
The report is from December 10th through the 16th and the most recent data DHEC is providing.
They say those numbers present a 56% spike from the previous week.
To hear Dr. Charles Bruyere tell it, his problem was he had too much empathy. That’s why he doled out painkillers at such a high rate, why he landed in jail and why he was stripped of his medical license, he said.
The former physician, who operated a cash-only pain management clinic in Greenwood, said he didn’t know he was breaking the law by writing prescriptions for future dates when he would be out of the country. And anyway, he doesn’t believe in opioid addiction, or doesn’t believe doctors should have to take responsibility. The blame, he said, lies with the American people.