TMZ reports, Chris Cornell’s widow has filed a lawsuit against his doctor, Dr. Robert Koblin, for malpractice. Vicky Cornell is accusing the physician of prescribing enormous quantities of anti-anxiety medication that resulted in the Soundgarden singer’s suicide. The quantities include 940 doses of Lorazepam (Ativan) as well as Oxycodone during the last 20 months of his life, without examining the singer’s progression as well as documenting any dangerous side effects.
According to the lawsuit, which was obtained by TMZ, Cornell was a known “addiction-prone individual,” yet Dr. Koblin didn’t take precautionary steps to protect him. The lawsuit claims, in 2004, the singer’s therapist referred him to Dr. Koblin and knew he was an addict. TMZ also reported that Koblin permitted non-physician staff to write hundreds of Lorazepam prescriptions, without showing any medical necessity or providing any monitoring. Vicky and her two children are suing for unspecified damages.
With that said, there are countless of websites revealing side effects on these medications. One website reveals a high dosage of Ativan can result in severe side effects such as respiratory depression, dose dependent, suicidal ideation/attempt. Additionally, medical websites has advised people who have a history with depression to take precaution before using the anti-anxiety medication.