Eight Miles High at the Massachusetts Crime Lab: Another Glaring Systems Failure in Drug Testing

Disrupted Physician

“We had two bags of grass, seventy-five pellets of mescaline, five sheets of high powered blotter acid, a salt shaker half full of cocaine, and a whole galaxy of multi-colored uppers, downers, screamers, laughers… and also a quart of tequila, a quart of rum, a case of Budweiser, a pint of raw ether and two dozen amyls.
Not that we needed all that for the trip, but once you get locked into a serious drug collection, the tendency is to push it as far as you can.”
Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

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A knowing smile must have come across Sonja Farak’s face if she ever read the above quote fromFear and Loathing in Las Vegasduring her nearly eight-years as a chemist for theMassachusetts crime lab. The list ofillicit pharmaceuticals found inthetrunk of Dr. Gonzo’s red Chevrolet convertiblewas not unlike her very own…

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