Doctor faces 25 murder counts for opioid prescriptions

Victims’ families are speaking out about Dr. William Husel, 43, an Ohio critical care doctor accused of ordering potentially fatal painkiller doses for dozens of patients.

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45 thoughts on “Doctor faces 25 murder counts for opioid prescriptions

  1. May everyone who is prosecuting Dr. Husel never need a physicians compassion in their very last moments. Palliative extubation is by its very definition what he did. Let’s examine. When ventilator support is withdrawn in someone completely unable to breathe on their own one of two things can.. no WILL happen. You can hold opioids and sedatives while they gasp (if even that lucky) for the last very few minutes of their life OR they can get meds like Dr. Husel ordered and five to ten minutes their heart will stop all the while they are medicated or “stoned.” Let us know which one you want so it can be noted in your chart.

  2. This exposes a disturbing fact; You are totally unqualified to report on this subject and yet you do. Were no healthcare providers available? I find these incendiary type of reports very distasteful. What good does comparing fentanyl to morphine serve? It is important to report this in the right context. The right context is not the opioid epidemic, the right context is pain;
    At the end of the 1990s, systemic reviews of End of Life and Cancer Care found that HCPs were under-treating patients for pain. What this meant is that many people's last days were spent in agony. I for one do not want to return to that.
    The reason hospitals use fentanyl is that it is more effective in treating certain types of pain that morphine just can't touch. In the last hours of my life, I don't want my doctor to have to decide between sufficient levels of palliative care and going to jail.
    That said. What Dr. Husel did was wrong, precisely because he is an anesthesiologist and as an anesthesiologist dosage is his bread and butter, so we can't say that this was a mistake. Dr. Husel also bucked the safeguards that were put in place to protect patients. Finally and most importantly his patients died; These are the important factors, these are the things you should be reporting on because when he goes to trial these are the things that his lawyer will bring up.

  3. Commenters here really don’t know what they are talking about and it’s not their fault. You would have to be part of the ICU team that handles these meds to know even where to begin. I sense that there is some confusion about patient and/or family consent. These critically ill patients had absolutely no reason on earth to receive the fentanyl doses that they did. Even if euthanasia was legal in the state of Ohio (which it isn’t), and even if the patient wanted to die(which is not supported by family members, and the patients themselves were unresponsive on life support so they could not give consent), the doses were extravagant. In fact, the doses ensured a quick death. This doctor apparently convinced the family that their loved one was “brain dead”. That obviously means the patient was unconscious, and on a ventilator which is why family was none the wiser. Problem is, the diagnosis of brain death requires a plethora of tests and observations by more than one doc to ensure mistakes aren’t made. The whole case depends on 1) what protocol, if any, did the doctor use to determine the alleged brain deaths, 2) if they were not “brain dead”, how close to dying were they? 3). The usual procedure after that diagnosis is to withdraw life support with death following soon after. So why would he hasten that course of events by giving a lethal dose of a powerful opioid? 4). How were so many people complicit in this obvious departure from accepted procedure? ). The list includes the pharmacists who filled the order and the nurses who administered the drug. The likelihood that a conspiracy was in play is also ridiculous because each person operates independently of each other, and there is no incentive to do this other than wanting to lose their jobs, their licenses and livelihoods, and gain a long prison sentence instead. As far as I am concerned, I do know that this doctor acted outside of the proper administration of legitimate medical practice, and for that, he is guilty as sin.

  4. You will only “face” 25 years for committing major malpractice and killing many patients…which means he will get no more than 5 years in prison because he’s a white male doctor. Meanwhile, if you administer a voluntary abortion in Alabama, 99 guaranteed years (not facing 99 years but guaranteed).

  5. I just wrote a response to a critical care doc from another country that is also “on the fence” about this case. When you are talking about euthanasia, Ohio has no allowance for that and NO state allows a single dr to make that determination nor can it take place without informed consent. 1) how sick were these patients really? Critical care pts often recover surprisingly well. 2). What criteria did this guy use to tell families pts were “brain dead”. The criteria is quite elaborate with multiple tests and witnesses who must agree. 3). How in the world did the unusually high doses get past the nurses and pharmacists who are trained to spot these things? We need more info.

  6. Normally, pharmacists and nurses, would review all orders. Stopped a much less dramatic OD back in the 90's. So where were the checks and balances? Have an idea. He only gave part of the OD to the patient and saved the balance for himself. Suspect there is more to this than simply "angel of Death" Might be a cover for addiction.

  7. ITS GETTING TO POITTHAT DOCTORS WONT PRECRIBE OR TOUCH A PATIENT DUE TO BITCH ASS GOVERNMENT. . . ARREST POLITICOS N DRUG MAKERS WHO GET FILTHY FUKN RICH ON PATIENTS BACKS. . . OFFER DRUG CARE OUTPATIENT N TREAT PROBLEM. . . EVERY DRUG IS DANGEROUS IF ABUSED OR USED INCORRECTLY, JUST LIKE ADVERSE REACTION MIXING DRUGS …MOST TIMES PATIENTS DONT EVEN KNOW THAT 2 OR MORE SCRIPTS THEY HAVE MIXED COULD KILL THEM. . . SOOOO FUKN SAAAD. . . DOCTOR NEVER FORCED ME TO TAKE MY 90 ROXIES OR 30 FENTANYL PATCHES INCORRECTLY. BUT I DID ANYWAYS. . . NOT DOCS FAULT. . .

  8. I’ve worked with people with opioid addictions for years. They will stop at nothing to get the drugs. They will lie constantly and make believe they are in tremendous amounts of pain when they are not. Granted, the doctor should’ve known this and should not have provided the medication. But I can guarantee you they were begging for it and he probably thought he was helping.

  9. I remember a time when I was having a few emotional issues & this doc prescribed to this drug that was very strong. I showed it to my reg doc & warned against me taking it, told me that it was too strong, I would've been catatonic.

  10. I don’t think he’s guilty I think if they are in critical care there’s more to the death but I doubt it’s the pain killer it could’ve been sepsis and other comorbidity associated with the patient! Doubt it was his actions.

  11. Doctor’s order medications, they don’t administer the drugs, so where were the nurses in this situation? Nurses are supposed to monitor the dosages that patients get! Where were the nurses? They should be charged also!!!

  12. Why is it allowed to prescribe fentynal again?? There are literately 100s of news storys on how its a problem in the streets, highly dangerous and accidental exposure can lead to death YET… BUT YET.. Good ol' Dr. Can prescribe it for you. Not to mention Ohio is a problem state with fentynal. So someone explain to me why it's legal to prescribe fentynal in the first place because I call stupid. Unless it's got extreme practical uses which uhm.. it don't. It needs to be banned. THIS SHOULD ALSO BE A LESSON for people to be aware what medications they're being prescribed and how it interacts with other medications. Being 100% reliant on a doctors expertise is fool hardy. Getting prescribed fentynal should of been the first red flag.

  13. The sooner people learn that gone are the days of la deda and taking things and people at face value and for granted, we are living in times of uncertainty and nothing or anyone should be underestimated and assumed alright., we must all do our research and take better care of ourselves for ourselves.

  14. Oh come on! O poorest state behind wv. I think. He killed pn , pwt, and mct who could no longer pay probably and he takes the brunt of the persecution- I meant that spelling? It was time for he and AND THE HOSPITAL etc. to move on to more lucrative ventures. This happens everywhere Why is it a problem now. I care, too deeply but this story is really about the vendetta against opioids. Can't write anymore, too mad, crying. This is just not news worthy until the hospital goes on trial. Never.

  15. My mom almost died in January when she was given SEVEN shots of fentynal in the recovery room after her neck surgery! Her heart stopped twice! The nurse who did it was fired, though. It makes me wonder how many other people she did it too that never woke up.

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