Written By: Ishton W. Morton -June 6th, 2019
On Wednesday, June 5th, 2019 Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announced an Ohio doctor is accused of ordering excessive and potentially fatal dosing dozens of near-death patients with opioids is now facing multiple counts of murder.
Subsequently, William Husel voluntarily surrendered to authorities in Columbus, Ohio and was charged with 25 deaths following a six-month long investigation by the Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office.
Reportedly, these patient’s deaths exposed a stunning case of medical oversight and alleged medical malpractice which called into question how repeated failures potentially involving 30 or more employees might have possibly went unchecked for such a long time.
According to O’Brien in a news conference “I’ve been a prosecutor for 22 years and have not seen a 25-count indictment during those years,”.
Thomas Quinlan Columbus Division of Police Chief added; “this breach of a doctor’s oath is vile … and that begins the process of holding the accused criminal responsible.”
Seemingly, the 43-year old Husel was employed with the Mount Carmel Health System, one of the largest in Central Ohio, from 2015 to 2018, which cover the years of the investigation. He was first suspended November 21st, 2018 and subsequently fired two weeks later.
Ironically officials said a real motive for Husel’s allegedly ordered of such large amounts of fentanyl continues to be unclear. Many of those who died were aged and already seriously ill.
Meanwhile Husel’s attorney, Richard Blake, told NBC affiliate WCMH “This is not a murder case.” However he continued to say; “I can assure you there was never any attempt to euthanize anyone by Dr. Husel. At no time did he ever have the intent to euthanize anyone.”
Nonetheless, during his arraignment Wednesday afternoon Husel pleaded not guilty and his bond was set at $1 million.
Additionally, Blake and officials confirmed Husel has already surrendered his passport, and “desired to clear his name at trial.”
O’Brien believes if Husel is convicted he faces 15 years to life in prison per count because the doses ordered by the doctor in the 25 deaths “could not support any legitimate medical purpose.”
In a cynical sort of a way, I am one of those person who firmly believes that doctors do make drug addict of the elderly.
O’Brien added, although nurses and pharmacists followed Husel’s orders, the doctor continues to be the main focus of the criminal investigation.
Also, in a statement following Husel’s arrest, Mount Carmel Health System had this to say “it will continue to implement meaningful changes throughout our system to ensure events like these never happen again.”
Furthermore, the hospital first revealed details regarding this case back on January 14th, after Franklin County prosecutors and Columbus police commence interviewing dozens of witnesses and reviewing medical records.
O’Brien said, the investigation took several months because detectives had to familiarize themselves with the various medical roles and conclude whether Husel was violating standard protocol.
In the meantime, prosecutors and police said; “they were investigating the deaths of at least 29 patients who may have been given large doses fentanyl to accelerate their end.”
Seemingly, Husel faces approximately 19 wrongful-death lawsuits in the case, while eight others were settled, according to reports in May.
Predicated on O’Brien basic presupposition, since Husel’s patients were not alert when they were in intensive care, and “if someone could not feel pain, then there can be no legitimate medical reason to administer” these potentially and fatal doses of fentanyl.
Pursuant to the charges against William Husel The State Medical Board of Ohio has suspended the intensive care doctor’s medical license in late January.
Accordingly, The State Medical Board of Ohio is saying its decision was based on his alleged “failure to meet acceptable standards regarding the selection of drugs, violations of the minimal standards of care and failing to cooperate in a board’s investigation.”
Finally, Husel was granted a hearing set for July to appeal the medical board’s decision.
Yes! This Ohio doctor is charged with 25 counts of murder, accused of prescribing excessive doses of painkillers.