Hairspray Triggers Alert, Not False Positive on Alcohol Monitor

Tue Sep 15, 2009 12:43pm EDT

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Procedural Issues Create Confusion About SCRAM Bracelets in Florida Hearing

LITTLETON, Colo., Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The manufacturer of SCRAM alcohol
bracelets is countering reports that their alcohol-sensing ankle bracelets
falsely confirmed a drinking event because of exposure to hairspray for a
Florida defendant out on bond for a DUI manslaughter and DUI with serious
bodily injury case. The bracelets, worn 24/7, sample an offender's
perspiration every 30 minutes in order to measure for alcohol consumption. 

According to Colorado-based Alcohol Monitoring Systems (AMS), the confusion is
based on the difference between an "alert" generated by a product like
hairspray and an actual confirmed drinking event. The company reports that due
to procedural issues at the hearing, the judge did not hear evidence to
explain the difference between an environmental exposure to hairspray and
actual consumption, resulting in confusion in the ruling and reports about the
case. Notably, Judge Kevin Wells ordered the defendant to continue wearing the
SCRAM Bracelet. 

AMS President and CEO Mike Iiams says that alcohol-containing products like
hairspray will oftentimes generate an alert, but that the SCRAM System can
easily distinguish between exposure to environmental alcohol and actual
consumption. "The body can only metabolize alcohol at a certain rate,"
explains Iiams. "We look at the entirety of an event before we confirm it,
from start to finish, and every event must meet our criteria for rate of
absorption and rate of burn-off in order to be a confirmed drinking event."
Iiams says that hairspray and other products create results that have a far
more rapid absorption and burn-off than the human body can actually metabolize

Due to client confidentiality, AMS cannot comment specifically on the specific
results for the defendant, but says it's essential that the justice system
know that AMS stands behind their confirmation in this case. "We stand behind
our results in this and every case that goes before a court 100 percent," says
Iiams. According to Jeff Hawthorne, inventor of the SCRAM System and the
expert witness at the hearing, hairspray is one of hundreds of products that
are continuously tested to ensure that they don't create results that mimic a
drinking event. "We have substantial documentation prepared specifically for
the court to illustrate the distinction between an alert and confirmed
consumption," says Hawthorne. "The procedural issues in this case prevented
any of that from being submitted to the court."

Launched to the corrections market in 2003, SCRAM has monitored 110,000
offenders in 47 states and more than 1,900 jurisdictions. AMS is the only
electronic monitoring company in the criminal justice system to provide
in-depth court support and expert testimony. 

About Alcohol Monitoring Systems, Inc.
Established in 1997, Alcohol Monitoring Systems, Inc. manufactures SCRAM((R)),
the world's only Continuous Alcohol Monitoring system, which uses non-invasive
transdermal analysis to monitor 24/7 for alcohol consumption. SCRAM fully
automates the alcohol testing and reporting process, providing courts and
community corrections agencies with the ability to continuously monitor
alcohol offenders, increase offender accountability and assess compliance with
sentencing requirements and treatment guidelines. Alcohol Monitoring Systems
employs 104 people across the U.S. and is a privately-held company
headquartered in Littleton, Colorado.

SOURCE  Alcohol Monitoring Systems, Inc.

Kathleen Brown of Alcohol Monitoring Systems, Inc., +1-303-785-7822,
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