Doctor Charged With 25 Counts Of Murder For Prescribing Excessive Amounts Of Painkillers

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An Ohio doctor accused of ordering excessive doses of opioids to dozens of dying patients is facing multiple counts of murder, prosecutors announced Wednesday. William Husel voluntarily surrendered himself to authorities and was charged for 25 deaths.

Doctor Charged With 25 Counts Of Murder For Prescribing Excessive Amounts Of Painkillers

Image Source: Franklin County Sheriff’s Office

I’ve been a prosecutor for 22 years and have not seen a 25-count indictment during those years,” Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said at a news conference.

43-year-old Husel was employed at the Mount Carmel Health System from 2015 to 2018. He was first suspended Nov. 21 and fired two weeks later. A motive behind why Husel reportedly ordered large amounts of fentanyl has not been revealed. Many of those who died as a result were already very ill.

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