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Husband fronts inquest over wife's tragic drug death

THE husband of a Toowoomba nurse who died from a drug overdose will today give evidence to a coronial inquest.

Heath Howman will have the opportunity to tell a Brisbane court about his wife Katie Lee Howman when he provides a social history statement.

A special sitting of the inquest is being held due to Mr Howman's unavailability for next week's Toowoomba sittings.

Mr Howman will be invited to speak about the mother of his children to give the court insight into the woman she was.

Mrs Howman was 30-years-old when she injected herself with a fatal dose of the opioid Fentanyl at her home on the morning of December 21, 2013.

>> Inquest to probe Toowoomba Hospital drug addict nurse death

Her death came while she was under professional supervision for drug addiction.

The provision of that supervision at her Toowoomba Hospital workplace is the one of the aspects that will be examined by the Coroner during sittings in Toowoomba on Monday and Tuesday next week.

Mr Howman will also today be asked about his wife's death, as he was the one who discovered her body at their Toowoomba home.

Witnesses to be called next week include representatives from the Queensland Nurses Union, Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency as well as doctors including Mrs Howman's GP, psychiatrist and psychologist.

Topics:  coronial inquest death drug overdose editors picks nurse toowoomba hospital


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