Ohio Doctor Charged With 25 Counts of Murder for Giving Fatal Opioid Doses

By Reuters Staff

June 07, 2019

(Reuters) - An Ohio doctor was charged with 25 counts of murder for administering high and sometimes fatal doses of opioid painkillers to dozens of very sick patients, prosecutors said on Wednesday.

The doctor, William Husel, turned himself in to Columbus police following a six-month long investigation into what Mount Carmel Hospital called his administration of "inappropriate" doses of fentanyl to patients, Franklin County prosecutor Ron O'Brien said at a news conference.

If convicted, Husel faces 15 years to life in prison for each count.

"By giving fentanyl at these levels, we were comfortable with the information we had that it was a sufficient amount that the only rational purpose could be to shorten a person's life," O'Brien said.

Fentanyl, often given for intense pain associated with cancer, is 100 times more powerful than morphine.

Husel's attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The murders Husel is charged with committing spanned from February 2015 to November 2018, according to the court docket. O'Brien said Mount Carmel Hospital suspects Husel in 35 patient deaths.

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