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"All told, she estimated that she was smoking crack ten to twelve times a day."
A former Massachusetts drug-lab chemist was high on the job nearly every day for eight years, according to a report from the state's attorney general. The report said that the chemist, Sonja Farak, was under the influence of drugs like crack, meth, '___', and ketamine as she testified in court in drug cases and while examining drug samples in a crime lab between 2004 and 2013.
The report from AG Maura Healey also said the chemist cooked crack coc aine in a crime lab at night while working overtime.
The report said that the woman began taking the lab's so-called "standard" drugs, the ones purchased from drug companies as a control in testing. "Farak began to consume the Amherst Lab's standards on a fairly regular basis beginning in late 2004 or early 2005," according to the report. "The first standard she admitted to using was the methamphetamine standard, which was the largest or most voluminous standard at the Amherst Lab. The methamphetamine standard was a base sample, meaning its form was oil base and it was not cut or diluted with any other substance, essentially making the standard the purest form of a controlled substance."
All the while, her addiction went unnoticed until the end, when her appearance began to deteriorate