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Annie Dookhan And The Massachusetts Drug Lab Crisis

Review Finds Problems At Other Mass. Labs

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BOSTON — An outside review of 17 labs in the same state building that housed the lab at the center of a drug-testing scandal found that they, too, had problems.

The Association of Public Health Laboratories report makes 18 recommendations for the Hinton State Laboratory, where labs test for mosquito-borne illnesses, rabies, and other things.

The report found the facility generally maintains “good laboratory practice,” but notes the labs face “threats,” including a top-heavy leadership structure; a “perceived lack” of communication between lower-level workers and management; and an inconsistent employee performance review system.

The interim director says the recommendations are being taken seriously.

A former worker at the drug lab is facing charges for allegedly tampering with test results that put hundreds of criminal drug cases at risk.

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