Monday, January 28, 2013

Annie Dookhan and Sonja Farak: Daily Hampshire Gazette looks at "The drug lab mess" and rejects "rogue chemist" theory. Wants "system" examined.

EDITORIAL: "The drug lab mess" published in January, 2013. (Reader may have to register under "free access" to view this editorial.

GIST: "In July, the state police assumed oversight of both the Amherst and Jamaica Plain labs from the state Department of Public Health. The state police were already running 10 labs around the state. Now they run all but one, at the UMass Medical School in Worcester, which is supervised by the Worcester County district attorney. The goal in having state police take over the DPH labs was to improve efficiency and set uniform standards. The labs under DPH supervision lacked the resources to meet national accreditation standards that the state police lab system had achieved. In the wake of the Amherst case, an independent review of all the state’s labs is warranted to ensure they are meeting accreditation standards. The state public health director, who resigned over the Jamaica Plain scandal, blamed it on the actions of a “rogue chemist.” In our opinion, the state must examine its system of accounting for materials processed and look also at how staff are trained, monitored and reviewed."

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