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Use of Continuous Transdermal Alcohol Monitoring During a Contingency Management Procedure to Reduce Excessive Alcohol Use

This study examined the effectiveness of using transdermal alcohol monitoring as a continuous measure of alcohol use to implement financial contingencies to reduce heavy drinking. Researchers concluded that transdermal alcohol monitoring can be used to implement contingency management programs to reduce excessive alcohol consumption.

By Donald M. Dougherty (a), Nathalie Hill-Kapturczak (a), Yuanyuan Liang (b), Tara E. Karns (a), Sharon E. Cates (a), Sarah L. Lake (a), Jillian Mullen (a), John D. Roache (a)

  • (a) Psychiatry Department, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, NRLC MC 7793, 7703 Floyd Curl Drive, San Antonio, TX 78229, USA
  • (b) Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, NRLC MC 7793, 7703 Floyd Curl Drive, San Antonio, TX 78229, USA

Promising Criminal Justice Programs for DWI Offenders

This compendium provides a brief description of 25 promising programs from 21 states and one Federal Agency. SCRAM CAM is a technology used in two of the programs featured.

By Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (FOAAR)

The South Dakota 24/7 Sobriety Project: A Summary Report

If ever there was a solid proof statement about this stellar program, this is it! This document provides an updated synopsis of the 24/7 Sobriety Project, the role of SCRAM CAM, results to date, and how it is reducing recidivism, lowering jail populations, and saving South Dakota citizens millions of dollars.

By Attorney General Larry Long - Attorney General of South Dakota, Stephen K. Talpins - Former Chief Executive Officer, National Partnership on Alcohol Misuse and Crime, and Robert L. DuPont, M.D. - President, Institute for Behavior and Health, Inc.

Effectiveness of the SCRAM Alcohol Monitoring Device: A Preliminary Test

This article reports the results of a preliminary study of how a transdermal alcohol-detection bracelet device, the Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitor (SCRAM) affects recidivism.

By Victor E. Flango, Ph.D., & Fred L. Cheesman, Ph.D.

Field and Laboratory Alcohol Detection With 2 Types of Transdermal Devices

Two types of transdermal electrochemical sensors that detect alcohol at the skin surface were evaluated. One, the AMS SCRAM device, is locked onto the ankle and is based on a fuel cell sensor; the other, a Giner WrisTAS device, worn on the wrist, is based on a proton exchange membrane. SCRAM is used by several court systems in the United States to monitor alcohol offenders, WrisTAS, a research prototype, is not commercially available.

By Paul R. Marques and A. Scott McKnight

Quantitative Determination of Caffeine and Alcohol in Energy Drinks and the Potential to Produce Positive Transdermal Alcohol Concentrations in Human Subjects

The purpose of this study was to determine whether non-alcoholic energy drinks could result in positive “alcohol alerts” based on transdermal alcohol concentration (TAC) using a commercially available electrochemical monitoring device.

By Jessica Ayala, Kelsie Simons, and Sarah Kerrigan - Forensic Science Program, College of Criminal Justice, Sam Houston State University