Public Service Reporter at The Canberra Times.
Queensland coroner Christine Clements has renewed the call for a monitoring system among other recommendations at an inquest into the death of a critical care nurse from an accidental prescription drug overdose.
Katie Lee Howman died in late 2013 from an overdose of fentanyl.
According to papers from the Office of the State Coroner, Ms Howman was never given a prescription for the medication, and had been under AHPRA supervision after sourcing fentanyl from her work at Toowoomba hospital in 2010.
Between this 2010 episode and her death in 2013, Ms Howman had visited 30 other doctors and numerous pharmacies in the Toowoomba area, including 20 different doctors and 15 different pharmacies in the 13 months between October 2012 and November 2013.
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