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Vicky Cornell’s lawsuit against Dr. Robert Koblin and his office staff alleges how Chris Cornell obtained drugs like Ativan and Oxycodone (better known by the Oxycontin brand), and the specific date he began taking Ativan, just before the release of his final album Higher Truth in September 2015. No specifics are given about Cornell’s use of Oxycodone, outside of that he was ‘prescribed various doses.’ Cornell allegedly received the drugs via prescriptions that were filled by Koblin’s non-physician staff who were ‘unsupervised’ by the doctor via phone and online. Alternative Nation had a chance
“Defendant Robert Koblin, M.D., started prescribing Lorazepam (brand name Ativan) to Chris Cornell on September 9, 2015.”
“He also prescribed various doses of Oxycodone.”
“He did not even physically see or speak to Mr. Cornell during this period. Plaintiffs are informed and believe and thereon allege that all of the prescriptions were made by or through Dr. Koblin’s non-physician staff unsupervised by him through an electronic on-line computerized system or by calls to various pharmacies.”
“Plaintiff is informed and believes and thereon alleges that in his treatment of Chris Cornell Dr. Koblin permitted non-physician members of his office staff to utilize his name as the ‘prescribing physician’ to order hundreds of doses of Lorazepam for Mr. Cornell without any medical indication, ongoing or patient evaluation.”
The lawsuit appeared to already be in the works as early as early May 2018, according to part of the documentation.
“Decedent, Chris Cornell, was 52 years old when he died on May 18, 2017. A notice pursuant Code of Civil Procedure section 364 was sent to all known defendants on May 3, 2018. A tolling agreement extending the statue of limitations to November 13, 2018, was entered into by all parties thru their respective counsel.”