New England News
4:08 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Massachusetts Health Commissioner Resigns Over Lab Scandal

  The Massachusetts public health commissioner has resigned over the scandal at a state drug lab. WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports.

   In a resignation letter, John Auerbach said what happened at the drug lab was unacceptable and the buck stoped with him.  Governor Patrick accepted Auerbach’s resignation.  The lab was closed by state police late last month after it was discovered that a chemist who had worked there since 2003 may have deliberately tampered with evidence in tens of thousands of criminal cases.  The chemist resigned in March. Last week, the lab’s director was fired and her supervisor resigned.   Gov Patrick has talked about setting up what he called..a boiler room…with prosecutors and defense attorneys..as a means of sorting through the cases that were impacted by the tainted evidence.