BY DAVID WEISSMAN UPDATED OCTOBER 07, 2021 10:52 AM
Pain Killer Beach Twenty years ago in Myrtle Beach, authorities shuttered one of America’s first “pill mills.” No one knew the nation’s opioid crisis was just getting started.
Myrtle Beach has no shortage of popular tourist attractions, so it was curious that throngs of out-of-town visitors were choosing to spend their time outside a doctor’s office.
While everything happening on the outside looked suspicious, the real trouble was inside the clinic, run by Dr. David Michael Woodward. In June 2001, authorities shut down Comprehensive Care and Pain Management Center and slapped Woodward and seven other physicians with federal charges for their unscrupulous peddling of OxyContin, a highly addictive painkiller.