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More People Affected By Drug Lab Scandal

On Sept. 28, 2012, state chemist Annie Dookhan, was escorted to a police cruiser outside her Franklin, Mass. home. (AP/Bizuayehu Tesfaye)

On Sept. 28, 2012, state chemist Annie Dookhan, was escorted to a police cruiser outside her Franklin, Mass. home. (AP/Bizuayehu Tesfaye)

More than 40,000 people have been identified with cases connected to former state drug chemist Annie Dookhan, who is charged with allegedly tampering with drug evidence.

Boston defense attorney David Meier was appointed by Gov. Deval Patrick to identify the cases affected by Dookhan almost a year ago. Meier said his team analyzed nearly 3.5 million documents to come up with their final number.

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Deborah Becker, WBUR reporter and host who has covered the drug lab scandal extensively

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  • swati

    I usually love listening to WBUR.
    However, I wish you would care enough to get the names right in this report.
    We are the Hinton State Laboratory Institute/DPH, not the ‘Hinton Crime Lab’.
    There are many hardworking labs in the 7 floor building, only one of which, the Drug Lab, is currently under criminal investigation.
    Please distinguish between the entire DPH and the Drug Lab when you state that it has been shut down since last year.
    Please do not lump the rest of us into that category by lazy journalism.
    Thank you.

  • X-Ray

    Dookhan is not the person primarily responsible. She had supervisors who
    should have known, if they were doing their job, that the output and
    throughput attributed to her was not possible. They choose to ignore that facts
    or actually did a feckless job of their oversight responsibility. Further, they
    were more highly paid than Dookhan and just did an incompetent job of it.

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