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Mass. public health chief quits in lab scandal

Auerbach takes responsibility inmonitoring of drug evidence work

An unfolding scandal at a state laboratory is forcing the resignation of the top Massachusetts public health official, who said Monday that he bears ultimate responsibility for a lack of oversight that led to mishandling of drug evidence, possibly jeopardizing thousands of criminal cases.

“Ultimately, as commissioner, the buck stops with me,” John Auerbach, the state’s public health chief for 5½ years, said in a statement.

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