Doctor faces wrongful death lawsuit in connection with fentanyl death of Nevada judge

by Jim Orr

The family of a 50 year old Nevada municipal court judge who died in 2016 with a toxic level of the powerful painkiller fentanyl in her system has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the pain specialist who supplied her with the drug. The lawsuit, filed by the family of Judge Diana Hampton, alleges that Las Vegas doctor Steven Holper improperly provided Hampton with massive quantities of fentanyl that were a contributing factor in her death.

Fentanyl is an extremely powerful opioid painkiller that is about 80-100 times more powerful than morphine and 50 times more potent than heroin. The drug is intended to be administered to cancer patients and other patients with severe pain who have developed a high tolerance for opioid medications.

According to the Hampton family’s lawsuit, Holper supplied Judge Hampton with canisters of the drug Subsys, a fentanyl product that is administered in the form of a spray under the tongue. Rather than spraying Subsys, however, Hampton used a tool to pry the canisters open in order to inject fentanyl directly into her bloodstream.

An attorney representing the Hampton family said that hundreds of Subsys canisters were found in the judge’s apartment when she died. The family’s lawsuit alleges that had Holper not supplied Hampton with massive quantities of the Subsys fentanyl spray, she would not have died.

In addition to the Hampton family’s lawsuit, Holper is also facing criminal charges in connection with distribution of fentanyl through his pain clinic. Holper was arrested last month on seen counts of illegally distributing fentanyl products and 22 counts of making false statements in connection with a health benefits program. According to these charges, between 2013 and 2017, Holper made false statements to Medicare and private health insurance companies regarding involving fentanyl and inappropriately provided the drug to patients who had not been diagnosed with cancer.

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When doctors improperly or excessively prescribe fentanyl or other opioid painkillers to patients, abuse, addiction, or fatal overdoses may result. If you have lost a loved one to an overdose caused by fentanyl products, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit against the physician who prescribed the drug, the hospital or medical care center where they worked, the pharmacy who filled the prescription, or the manufacturer of the drug.

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by Jim Orr

Jim Orr is a licensed attorney and a partner at HO&P focusing on business and personal injury litigation. Jim was selected multiple times to the Super Lawyers List and has tried 70+ cases to verdict.