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Transdermal Alcohol Testing

How the SCRAM CAM Bracelet Tests Through the Skin

If you’ve ever noticed the aroma coming from someone who drank alcohol the night before, then you’ve experienced the very event that spawned the interest of our founders in the science of transdermal alcohol monitoring.

Transdermal Alcohol Testing Explained

While the technology that allows the SCRAM CAM bracelet to effectively test and report alcohol consumption based on transdermal testing is relatively new, the science of transdermal testing is not. Transdermal—or literally “through the skin”—has been known for decades as a reliable way to transport substances, both through absorption and excretion. In the 1920s researchers first began testing the concept of alcohol emissions through the skin. In 1985, researchers at the Indiana University School of Medicine published two studies on the subject of measuring volatile substances through the skin and measuring alcohol excretion in human perspiration. Today the science is well studied, peer-reviewed, and documented.

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Metabolism of Alcohol in the Body Transdermal Monitoring

NHTSA Case Studies

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released a report, Transdermal Alcohol Monitoring: Case Studies, which takes an in-depth look at the state of high-tech alcohol monitoring for drunk drivers.

The Case Studies, commissioned in 2010, profile six jurisdictions in the U.S. that are using transdermal alcohol monitors—and specifically SCRAM Continuous Alcohol Monitoring bracelets—to manage and monitor drunk drivers and other alcohol-involved offenders. 

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NHTSA Case Studies

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SCRAM GPS Video: Better Tools, Better Job

Better matters when you’re supervising high-risk clients. That’s why SCRAM Systems focuses on developing better monitoring solutions, providing better customer support, and offering better training. Watch this latest video to explore features like on-demand Pursuit Mode, guess-free tamper technology, and the industry’s best battery life.

SCRAM in the News

Repeat Drunk Drivers with SCRAM Anklets in Lancaster County Avoid Drinking

Repeat drunk drivers in Lancaster County wearing alcohol-detection anklets rarely have a drink, recently-released data shows. In fact, only 11 of more than 500 individuals who wore SCRAM anklets under the county’s DUI Repeat Offender Program (DROP) last year violated by having a drink.

Client Voices

SCRAM CAM Testimonial

Hear Dennis talk about his struggles with alcohol and how SCRAM CAM helped him get his life back on track.