May
12
2008

Sobriety sensor: Is “Scram” the perfect plan for recovery or just a scam?

Monitoring consumption: By strapping this Scram device on someone's leg, officials can monitor the alcohol intake of offenders. Is this a good idea?
Monitoring consumption: By strapping this Scram device on someone's leg, officials can monitor the alcohol intake of offenders. Is this a good idea?Courtesy Alcohol Monitoring Systems
There’s a new tool for justice officials to use in dealing chronic alcohol abuser: the Scram. Scram stands for Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitor.

It was recently featured in a medical column in the New York Times. Judges hoping to put some more death in the sentence for those involved with alcohol-related crimes order the convicted to wear a Scram on their leg for a prescribed amount of time along with a program of recovery treatment. The Scram senses the body’s intake of any alcohol by measuring air and perspiration emissions from the skin each hour. At least once every 24 hours, the wearer must download data the Scram has collected to a modem that reports the wear’s alcohol levels to a monitoring agency or probation officer. Should Scram show a level of alcohol use, which the sensors can gauge to within a blood-alcohol level of 0.02, authorities will follow up with the offender to see what happened.

In the time that the Scram has been used, authorities report that there’s been a high compliance rate among people not drinking. But occasionally there are misreads or misreports.

Consuming some types of baked goods, such as raisin bread or sourdough English muffins, have triggered Scrams to report alcohol use by an offender. And being an electronics-based device, malfunctions can occur.

On user of the device included in the Times story had two consecutive days of his Scram reporting alcohol use several months into wearing the device. A wary probation officer gave him the benefit of the doubt when he strongly denied any drinking, and further review found that a build up of sweat and grime under the Scram was causing the false alarms.

So what do you think? Is this a good use of technology to help people get over alcohol misuse? Proponents of Scram say that it helps enforce sobriety while the offender has time to learn and work a program of recovery. But is this an infringement of a person’s right to privacy? Does an alcohol offender give up some of his/her rights to privacy? How long should someone sentenced to wear a Scram have to wear the device? Are there better ways for dealing with this? Share your ideas here with other Science Buzz readers.

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Candice_318's picture

Man people just be player hatin. We already got a pee test ain't that enough

posted on Thu, 05/15/2008 - 10:22am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

SCRAM may be a good device to screen for alcohol use. Unfortunately, the legal system is using this device as the judge and jury to determine IF a person has actually been drinking.

A friend of mine recently had a false positive experience. He tested "positive" for drinking when he was at work. He was not notified of this event until 48 hours had lapsed, thus preventing him from seeking alternative testing such as a urine or blood test. The legal system refused to give him a polygraph, but did lock him in jail for 14 days. He is now out awaiting a hearing, but the system has strongly suggested that if he loses the hearing he will be incarcerated for an extended period of time. The maker of the SCRAM, AMS, will be bringing their top researchers to the hearing. Unfortunately, "experts" on the SCRAM are limited, and would cost my friend upwards of $10,000 for just one expert...a cost he cannot incur.

AMS is not accurately or fully disclosing the appropriate uses of this device. This should not be used as a judge and jury...yet our esteemed legal system has decided that unscientifically proven devices can and will be used to determine a person's future.

posted on Sun, 06/15/2008 - 2:31pm
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Anonymous says:

My husband was sound asleep when he was falsely accused. He had already been sober for many months before the bracelet had been put on him.(Arrested in 2007, but didn't go to court until 2008). He wasn't told for five days. He went to court and the judge who was in ear shot said to the lawyer,"He may be innocent, but I am not going to say that the device is defective, because then I cannot use the device anymore." My husband wound up in jail anyway, Meanwhile our whole family lost our home and he lost his job of 10 years. I would never recommend the bracelet to anyone. Waste of money and then you wind up in jail anyway.

posted on Sat, 12/26/2009 - 11:35pm
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michelle says:

Im sorry what happened to your family. I am being falsely accused of tampering with my bracelet and am going in front of a judge to hear my fate. It is very disheartning to try to better your life and do the things that you are required to do and be accused of something that you are not doing!!!! I do not wish this upon my worst enemy. God bless

posted on Tue, 10/05/2010 - 7:57pm
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innocent says:

I have been on SCRAM for almost 4 months had one violation for not uploading. Which was wrong I did upload, my modem died and I argued with the SCRAM people for 4 days the whole time them tellimg me that it was my phone line. By the way I had tryed 7 different phone lines and they still insisted their equipment was fool proof. They camr out on the fifth day and the box was bad. now I get a call 6 days after an alleged 36 hour tamper violation. I have not had one drop or sniff of alcohol since before I got this thing and have done everthing right to the letter of their rules and now I am falsely accused. I know how it feels now to wrongfully accused when you are innocent. It looks like SCRAMS word is like a God spoken statement. They are always right and there is no way their could be a mistake on their end. I don't know if they are going to pusue it or not, but if they do fortunately I have a fair amount of wealth built up for retirement, and I will use it to fight them to the end. If justice prevails in the end I will own SCRAM and be repaid for my legal expenses. Then I will close the company and open the door for everyone that has been falsely persucuted to go after SCRAM and their local courts. After all I have read on this topic there is a lot of people who have been screwed over by SCRAM and their experts.

posted on Tue, 12/28/2010 - 2:28pm
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Anonymous says:

"Unfortunately, "experts" on the SCRAM are limited, and would cost my friend upwards of $10,000 for just one expert...a cost he cannot incur."

Actually you dont need an expert in SCRAM. Just get an expert in electronics and computer programming. Ask for schematics and source code of the device.

The device is a black box being used as judge, jury and executioner then their schematics and source code better be up to snuff.

posted on Wed, 06/09/2010 - 8:33am
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Anonymous says:

I recently had to start wearing the scram device for 8 months. After the 1st week I tested positive for alcohol. I know for a fact I did not drink.I was not notified until two weeks later therefore making an 80 hr piss test no good. No one told me that propylene glycol could register. Now I am facing god knows how long not to mention I stay on egg shells everyday.

posted on Thu, 08/28/2008 - 9:51am
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Anonymous says:

Has anyone successfully beaten the SCRAM?

posted on Fri, 09/05/2008 - 11:54am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

my p.o. is pretty cool so i have been doing some tests. the best one i've tried is to take a thin sheet of lead and coat one side with fingernail polish so the lead doesn't irritate the skin. place the lead between the monitor and skin. i've only did this twice in 3 weeks and so far so good. I take the lead sheet out after at least 24 hours and a shower.

posted on Thu, 08/19/2010 - 7:59am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

You are so full of yourself. The bracelet has sensors that detect if somehting is placed between the bracelet and the ankle. Drinking is the least of your worries, you are tampering and that is worse. Furthermore, i don't think a PO would put thier job and your probation on the line so that you could do some "tests". You were obviously put on the bracelet for a reason so there would be no point in keeping you on the bracelet. I know PO's that have worn the bracelet to try and trick it and they all were caught for tampering before they were ever caught for drinking. You need research your lie better next time.

posted on Mon, 08/23/2010 - 12:42am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

the only way to beat this is to get everyone together. I am trying to do that through an email box called fightscraminjustice@gmail.com I was also convicted of a drinking eppisode on scram when I was not drinking. I am dedicated to getting the truth out about lazy lawyers, misinformed judges and a treacherous prosecutorial system.

There is so much money in this and most lawyers and the rest of the treatment field have an interest in keeping things the way they are. But more and more is coming out about this technology. It recently was tested by the Nthb and it found that its accuracy and sensitivity decays after about 14 days. But interestingly enough that was on a test sample of those who were drinking. They did not test it on the sample of people who were told NOT todrink. It showed that it had more of a problem with false negatives- did not pich up on drinking events over a .02 in almost 20 percent of the tests. So much more in the reports, you should read them. People who had the older version were wearing bracelets with a faulty o ring that caused water to collect on its sensor. Another faulty oring. The challenger was brought down by a faulty O ring.

Please email me if you have had a false positive and I can supply you info for your lazy lawyer who is too busy to sit down and learn about this awful technology.

posted on Sat, 09/13/2008 - 11:24pm
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Melanie says:

I dont like this scram thing. This is not about me, its about my brother. its been almost 3 weeks now and my brother still in jail coz of this false positive result. My brother keep insisting I didnt drink I didnt drink. It came to my mind maybe he really did not drink. So I look on the website if the scram could make mistake reading. Now that I found out its positive that could make mistake.I called the lawyer if theres away to prove it , that my brother is innocent.

posted on Fri, 11/07/2008 - 12:53am
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Sherri says:

My son is facing a hearing with a rabid probation officer insisting that the SCRAM is "100% accurate". When my son told the judge that it is not, he was told to "shut up". We can't afford an expert to testify. Can you help provide info to our attorney?

posted on Sat, 11/15/2008 - 2:12pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

My son is on scram and uses licoderm pain patches
on his arm, which has alcohol in them. The PO said
he had a .04 reading which i read that they could not
give out readings like this. its either drink or not drinking readings.

anyway the po knows he is on the patches.

The last time there was two cases and the scram
people never showed up so they had to drop the
cases.

posted on Sun, 11/16/2008 - 3:17pm
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Anonymous says:

If you have any information that can help me - I was just falsley accussed of drinking while on this device. I am doing as much research as I can before I go to court on the 30th. Anything you have would be much appreciated.

Elizabeth

posted on Mon, 04/13/2009 - 11:04am
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Anonymous says:

I have been accused of tampering, jailed for proven Windex use cleaning my house, even though they said on the stand it was no way consumption I signed a paper that said I wouldn't use any product containing alcohol. Now last Wednesday they said I was drinking from 2:29 to 8:30 am the next day. I tried to tell them the modem kept dialing in on my business phone in the middle of my work day and that I had to unplug it 4 times and finally just started using my cell phone to finish work at 6:30. I then went in for my 126.00 dollar check up the following Monday and sure enough I get "what were you doing Wednesday from 2:29 to Thursday at 8:30 am. I asked them why they didn't have me come down right then and there to blow for proof or have me pee the next 2 days, no answer. Now I am going before the judge yet again to see if I am going to jail. I am fighting for my life and would appreciate anything you can help me or my lawyer with. Thank you Sandy

posted on Fri, 07/17/2009 - 3:04pm
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Anonymous says:

I had a false positive read. This article has been a real eye opener.

posted on Tue, 07/28/2009 - 8:22am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I'm a lawyer (definitely not lazy)...I'm just digging into all of the info. I can find about the scram unit - I'd love to check out the info. that you've found.

posted on Thu, 09/24/2009 - 3:30pm
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Anonymous says:

do u know if the scram bracelet detects anything besides alcohol? like THC?

posted on Wed, 07/07/2010 - 4:21pm
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Ray says:

I'm having the same problem, work on drilling rigs, got 2 hits on the SCRAM while on a rig, need info/help

posted on Tue, 01/05/2010 - 4:34pm
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Anonymous says:

I cooked Beouf Vigeronne last Friday night. It is beef that has been marinated for 24 hours in red wine and then roasted for about 3 hours or so. My fiance and I ate the meal on Friday. We got a call on Monday saying that there was an alcohol reading on his scram device over the weekend. The upshot is that they are making him go back to court on Monday. We have no idea what they will do at this point. My fiance has been totally sober for 3 months. He has consumed no alchol whatsoever and I have been completey supportive of this. I am devastated that a meal I cooked may put his freedom in jeaopordy. We never would have eaten the meal if I had not thought that the alcohol from the wine would not cook off during the long roasting process. Any suggestions would be appreciated. I have some of the leftovers from the meal that I froze. If I bring it to the court could they test it to verify the alcohol content left in the food?

posted on Tue, 03/30/2010 - 8:43pm
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Anonymous says:

i know the name on my email is contradicting (coincidence) i just got a false positive today need the info asap thanx

posted on Sat, 07/03/2010 - 2:22pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i have the schakle I call it.. It has put blisters on the side of my legs. I had to put triple antibiotic ointment around the braclet,, this is consider tampering. the inside of my left leg is bleeding with sores.

posted on Tue, 11/18/2008 - 5:57pm
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Bev says:

At his probation meeting on January 21st, my son was told that his SCRAM had shown alcohol positive 'all day' on December 24th. The probation supervisor told him that he could admit to drinking and spend two weekends in lockup, or if he contested it, they would lock him up until his court date. Needless to say, he wasn't left much of a choice. He has a family to support and cannot afford to miss work, and, ultimately lose his job. My son went to work on December 24th at approximately 5:00 a.m., and worked until approximately 4:00 p.m. He was not drinking. He works in an environment that contains many types of chemicals, and from my research on 'false positives', this could be a contributing factor. Also, he has worn the SCRAM for over a year. I also know that food can trigger a 'false postive' and it was Christmas Eve with employees bringing a lot of foodstuffs to work. In any event, is there any way to get the results of the test uploads at the time they are submitted? Knowing the pattern of the 'trigger' would help determine the cause. Finding out that you have given a positive read a month after it happens leaves you completely defenseless.

posted on Tue, 01/27/2009 - 7:31am
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Anonymous says:

I think it is funny that you people are complaining about this device. I have been on the SCRAM device for 227 days and I have had not issues with false positives or sores. When there is any sort of alcohol reading, I am questioned within the first 24 hours of it having detected alcohol. The sores/rashes on your legs are from improper hygiene. I started getting a rash and then realized that I was not properly washing, rinsing or drying the area where the bracelet is. Once I started taking care of my leg and the device properly I have not had any other issues. This device is AMAZING!! For the people who have false positives, you are kind of asking for it. You are not to use or possess anything with alcohol in it; shampoo, body wash, perfume, NOTHING!! When you use some of these products with alcohol in them, you are just asking for it to detect alcohol. Is it worth using your favorite perfume and potentially have the device pick up some alcohol from the perfume? HELL NO, just stay completely away from it!!!! As for eating certain foods with alcohol, I have researched this and you would have to consume well over 200 chocolate donuts in one sitting to get a reading over .02. Even meals cooked with wine and things like that burn off the alcohol while it is cooking. You people need to get over it and STOP DRINKING!!!! It's your fault that you are put in this position anyway! The SCRAM makers didn't make you drink then drive or drink and be violent. It was your decision, GET OVER IT!!!!!!!!!!

posted on Wed, 02/04/2009 - 2:12pm
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Anonymous says:

Good for you that you have had a good experience with the scam bracelet. There are MANY problems with this device. To say that someone is quilty until they have the chance to prove themselves innocent is a violation of the 6th Amendment! If this thing was truly as good as you say, when a positive alcohol reading is detected, You should be told immediately so that you can obtain a blood test or some other type of proof that there is NO alcohol in your system or proof that the bracelet is accurate! They don't tell you, they just violate you! You find out weeks later. So, goody for you that you haven't had any problems. I see you've been wearing the scam bracelet for over 227 days.. hmmm, you must have been a repeat offender and your probably just now sobering up! Again.. good for you!

posted on Fri, 07/24/2009 - 9:29am
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Anonymous says:

I have had the SCRAM for 425 days now. I don't have much longer to go. I have no had a false positive and have not drank. However I have become addicted to crystal meth. And I dabble in cocaine and PCP now. I had never tried any drug other than pot prior to getting the SCRAM. I am not so happy I got it. I am never going to drink again. It makes me sleepy. I have a newly found respect for staying up 6-7 days in a row. And I have lost 100 pounds. I am down to 132 lbs and a 6 foor 2 mail. Not more 6 packs and late nightcheeseburgers. Hell, I haven't eaten more than 500 calories a week in months!

posted on Mon, 05/24/2010 - 9:27pm
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Anonymous says:

This is a real funny joke..thanks for the laugh!

posted on Sun, 06/06/2010 - 12:31am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

You are a silly goose! 2oo plus days huh.. well I have been wairing this gol-darn thing for a year and a half, and been sober that long. AND I am not a rootin'-tootin' poor decision maker who drank and drove my car. I wasn't violent. I just drank. My ex told a judge in family court that I drank and the very strict family court judge made me wair a SCRAM. Be more mature. Go to an aa meeting or two there young lady. Learn about the program. I bet you are already back out there, or with an attitude like yours you will be. By the way I had mine on for 14 months and then got a false positive. It happens. Oh and if you don't like what I said to you, remember, judge not, less YOU be judged. Enjoy your beer.

Sections in BOLD have been edited for offensive and aggressive language. ~SB

posted on Thu, 01/07/2010 - 5:51pm
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STEVEB1 says:

I HAVE READ YOU RESPONSE AND I CAN SAY, I DON'T HAVE SORES OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT AND I HAD NO READINGS FOR ABOUT 1 MONTH AND THEN I STARTED GETTING READINGS AND I HAVE CHANGED NOTHING(STILL BATHING AND WASHING AND DRYING AROUND THE SCRAM) SO SOMETHING HAPPENED NOT SURE WHAT. I AM NOT COMPLAINING BUT, WHATS FAIR IS FAIR. DOING EVERYTHING ASKED OF ME.

posted on Mon, 06/21/2010 - 2:34pm
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Anonymous says:

You think a big hunk of plastic that you have been wearing for almost a year is "AMAZING!"?? Who do you work for?

posted on Sun, 01/09/2011 - 9:44pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

How can you sit here and say that there are no problems with the device? did u create it. Good for you not having any problems with it but other people might. Everyone makes mistakes and so does technology. ugh

posted on Tue, 01/25/2011 - 1:29pm
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Anonymous says:

I am reading some interesting posts re: SCRAM, which I am currently wearing. I am not drinking alcohol. I did accidentally put on my aftershave the first day of wearing SCRAM. I called them up to inform them, as well as when I played basketball. I would hate for this device to report a false-positive. I realize some folk may be lying; as well, there are always innocent mistakes. I appreicate many of the posts, especially 2/4/09

posted on Fri, 02/04/2011 - 5:09am
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iowaboy says:

what does player hating have to do with this device? when 'player hating' doesn't refer to alcohol use?

as for this device, best thing to say is be proud if one doesn't have to wear it. i've seen too many lives ruined by a drinking problem.

it may have been funny to some when tom hanks played a drunk on an episode of 'family ties', but not to me. there's NOTHING funny about a drinking problem.

posted on Wed, 02/04/2009 - 5:43pm
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heather says:

my husband was successful on scram for nine whole months and only had two months to go. Now hes in jail for a positive alcohol reading that they are saying happened almost two months ago. Shouldn't be illegal... when you sign a contract with a handbook that says "that you agree to report for follow up testing in the event that the monitoring equipment detects a positive use of alcohol". I can't believe they can just assume he was drinking when they didn't call him to report for testing! Does anyone know a good defense for this type of situation?

posted on Sun, 03/01/2009 - 8:11pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

the SCRAM device is only a baby sitter if you think about it how about you intellectually stop drinking a driving. If you wanna go kill yourself go do it but don't but another innocent driver at risk, you pay the price so stop complaining at least you unfortunately still have your small brainless lives left. Just do us all a favor go to jail, we don't need any more drunk divers.

posted on Tue, 03/10/2009 - 8:14pm
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Anonymous says:

This device is not just for DUI's or habitual drinkers. My 19 year old son wore one for two weeks for a FIRST time underage drinking charge. He wasn't driving, wasn't anywhere near a vehicle.

posted on Mon, 08/03/2009 - 3:22pm
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Anonymous says:

I have many DUI's, and think this is the best thing to keep me sober. I have been to 3 different twenty-eight day treatment centers, counceling, AA, other monitoring, but did not stay sober. With this newest device I know if I drink, I will go to jail. I can not deal with that. While I am on this system I can not drink and drive. This should please the judge, the public, and me because I now desire rehabilitation. This is much easier for me to become a "good" citizen, by working, family, and a great deal of other things, I only now have discovered. I guess it is like a big brother, because without it I have not been strong enough to stop drinking. oh well. good luck to everyone

posted on Tue, 03/16/2010 - 5:01am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i dont drink and drive i had a beer at a bbq so p.o. put me on this scram now its sayin iv drank over the weekend and no i did not so just because someone is on the scram device dont mean they are a drunk

posted on Mon, 12/13/2010 - 3:02pm
Alcohol abuse's picture

I don't think I like this kind of monitoring, it almost takes your freedom in a way. I think people would feel more comfortable without it and I don't think it's that necessary after all. If you tell your doctor you are sober but you still drink a medical check can bring out the truth so you have no interest in telling lies.

posted on Wed, 03/11/2009 - 12:09pm
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Thor says:

One of the main ideas behind the imposing of criminal penalties is to take away someone's freedom after committing an offense. They've demonstrated that they don't understand how to responsibly use the freedoms most of us enjoy.

posted on Wed, 03/11/2009 - 12:51pm
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Anonymous says:

While I don't want anymore drunk drivers on the road either, the only difference between those who are sentenced to SCRAM and probation, and the others here who are apparently self-righteous, is the fact that the first group got caught, while those of you in the second group did not (or haven't YET).

If you have even had "a couple" of drinks and driven just two miles, you are just as guilty as those with a SCRAM. You simply have gotten away with it, period. And pointing out others' faults just makes your own faults shine through. So while "we don't need any drunk drivers," we also don't need any people who get off to making those with an addiction feel worse about themselves than they already do.

"Judge not, lest ye be judged."

posted on Thu, 04/02/2009 - 11:04pm
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Anonymous says:

Thank You for saying that, I have been wearing this SCRAM bracelet for a little over a month. The only thing that gets me with this thing is I can't go to the Beach or swimming in a pool with my family with this thing. It cannot be submerged at all. If it is and no longer works then I have to pay $1700.00 for the replacement of the bracelet. I am taking my punishment, but isn't this going a little far by telling me I have to stay out of the water, (Hell I Live in Florida there is nothing else but water). Another thing is I clean beer tap lines for a living try getting around that without alcohol getting on you.

posted on Fri, 05/22/2009 - 12:44am
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BAIID Tech says:

The SCRAM does not prevent drinking and driving. It just rats you out when you drink alcohol. After the fact.

A Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device prevents the operation of a motor vehicle when the driver has been consuming alcohol. All IID companies have anti-circumvention technology and several now have photo ID.

posted on Thu, 06/03/2010 - 8:16pm
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Anonymous says:

I agree -

Until you have walked in someone else's shoes, do not judge! You do not know their story. I was convicted of a dwi charge in March 2010 & it has been one hell of a journey. I will only need to wear the Scram for 10 days but it is scary due to false readings. My costs for this charge is going over $4,000 with lawyer cost, reinstatement fees, penaties, scram costs, other county fees etc. People can go out & intentially harm people & do not face the financial ruin that people with 1st time DWI's do. I made an error in judgement at 48 years of age that I will never repeat (not a mistake - learned that real fast since the judgemental always say no mistake - you made a choice! Okay - but rehabilitate - don't put financial burden on our family to the point we could lose out home! People that INTENTIALLY HARM PEOPLE do not pay the costs that dwi offenders do. Something is wrong with this system!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on Thu, 09/16/2010 - 11:51pm
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Anonymous says:

Weather this the bracelet works correctly or gives false readings,which is, obviously, the case for all man made devices to some extent or the another, It still infringes on the rights of freedom of an individual and is in a way a type of incarceration. For many this is being issued before the person has even went to trial or sentencing and has not yet been found guilty. The cost is 400 0r more a month give or take. For many this causes extreme hard ship on the person and family. Definately puts people in the unemployment lines and welfare offices and breaks up families and creates homeless everywhere.
Drinking and driving is a bad thing, but should we take away more freedoms to unconvicted and I would advice to anyone if thier case could be fought and won, they best try to win it, because you and your family could pay dearly with the disasterous after math of a conviction of any sort.
The SCRAM bracelet does cause skin irritation especially for idividuals that have skin sensitivities as exema etc...whom are alergic to rubbers and plastics.One false positive or reading is to many and the rights of a citizen's freedom from unlawful detention as the scram presents is another step toward taking away the constitutional rights of Americans. LOOK! This not the only area of our legal system that is picking away at our unailenable rights. Our fine citizens are being stripped of their rights little by little. The Scram bracelet is just another chip at the contitutional rights and privacy. There other methods and the scram for monitoring, would be better off discarded from monitoring in at least pre-trial cases if not all. Probably best not to drink at all.
Anyway, alcohol obviously ruins lives and gets its claws on many, also the innocent family members suffer on both sides of the fence. But unfair and uncostitutional monitoring with high monthly burdens that create poverty stricken innocent family members, is not the answer. So much more could be said...but the high cost of monitoring with a small proven faulty tech device as the scram is just another way of the courts and bail bondsman lo live and take advantage on the misery of others. It is not helpful to a society at whole. Find another gimick I would suggest. And yes, I have had the burden of wearing the scram, and thankfully single without wife and children, I am pending trial and if found guilty may where it for another year or so paying over $4000 annual charges just for the bracelet...hummmm How will somes children survive and who if not most will resort to crime??? Best think of another system of monitoring.

posted on Fri, 12/03/2010 - 3:44am
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Anonymous says:

So I know I made a mistake and chose to drink and then drive, but this scram is rediculous. Ive been on it for about a total of 3 months now and have gotten about 5 alerts and every time they get an alert they say I have to keep it on longer, yet they can't prove whether it was consumption or not and that I am the only one that truly knows if I have been drinking or not. That's the stupidest thing I've ever heard. I'm paying $77.00 a week to be on this thing and they should be able to prove if I have been drinking or not before they punish me more. I live in America isn't it innocent til proven guilty well they obviously cant prove anything, so I'm obviously innocent. They should find something truly accurate before they put it to use on people.

posted on Mon, 04/06/2009 - 8:59pm
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Anonymous says:

Try paying $70 a day for the thing. That's what I'm paying...and I wasn't even caught drinking and driving. I came out of a place, sat in my car, knew I was too drunk to drive, put my keys in my purse, and was waiting for someone to come pick me up. I do agree we need to get drunk drivers off the road, but this SCRAM device is ridiculous!!!!

posted on Wed, 12/09/2009 - 6:55pm
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Anonymous says:

I have been had the SCRAM device on for about a month. No one has told me about any problems, but after reading some of these posts, I wonder if I will be held accountable for an infraction in the future. I have been very careful about (not only not drinking of course!) not using perfume or perfumed lotions or body wash and wearing gloves when using cleaning supplies. I have religiously washed under the device with a washcloth daily (as shown in the video) and don't have any problems with a rash. I was stopped for a DUI and this is the only time that I have had any problems with the law. As a punishment for my 1st offense, wearing this shackle to me is very extreme. I pay $15 per day, for 90 days. Over $1500 plus my attornet, $3500 plus probably a fine of $1000 for a grand total of $6000. I did not commit any other crimes, was not speeding or driving badly. I just think that it is a good idea for a repeat offender, but way too harsh for the initial punishment. I can't work out, swim with my kids, take a bath, receive the wine at communion when I go to Mass, I don't even want to have sex with it on. So it affects my entore life and I find it very depressing. Yes, I made a mistake, driving, but this seems way out of line for the punishment.

posted on Tue, 04/14/2009 - 10:04am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Nope. Not to me it doesn't. All I can think about is the potential for you to have been to impaired to make a rational decision and killed someone. Then that person can't have wine at communion, swim with their kids or have sex ever again...because you stole that from them with your poor decision to get drunk.

Take responsibility for your decisions.

And, btw? I'm a recovering addict...so yeah, I can judge. I've been there. The punishment definitely fits the crime.

posted on Tue, 06/08/2010 - 3:43pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Why cant you work out? There was a player who played in the NFL last season who wore a scram bracelet

posted on Thu, 10/21/2010 - 6:50pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Just stay away from alcohol entirely. Don't go to bars or be around others drinking. I was ordered to wear my SCRAM for 2 additional months because of a "confirmed consumption." I was at a small, 1 bedroom apartment with others who were drinking. They all knew I had the SCRAM on and wouldn't be drinking. They all wrote letters on my behalf. All of these people are highly educated with good jobs and no criminal records. The prosecutor didn't care. He still believes the SCRAM detected alcohol. The SCRAM is a good idea but they need to admit that it is not perfect and this needs to be realized.

posted on Wed, 04/15/2009 - 9:11pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

hey, i have had this thing on for 4 months, and 2 too go. The only way people are failing is simply because they are drinking, or not watching what products they are using. I will tell you cranberry juice and any bread with yeast might set it off. The juice ferments in your system and the bread breaks down to alcohol when fermented.. So if people are tellin you its a false reading, IT"S NOT. they lied to you and had a drink at some time or used something they shouldnt have been. i have been on prob. for 4 years and wanted to go out for one night with friends as sober driver, it was a mistake, but the scram did not pick it up. Like i said dont try it.

posted on Sun, 05/03/2009 - 11:00pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Food and juice dont forment in your body if it did you would die of poisoning your body digest food and liquids within an hour

posted on Sat, 09/04/2010 - 10:17pm
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AZ Question says:

Can anyone tell me if there is any way to swim with the SCRAM unit? It is summer in Arizona and it is beyond hot. Can I wrap it with anything for 10-15min to swim? Does it have a depth perception? Is there anyone who has water damaged a SCRAM unit?
The issue isn't drinking. I don't have a problem staying sober, I am currently on probation, PO gave me breathalyzer after I had 3 drinks after work & immediately assigned me to this program. Yes, it sucks, but I'd like to be able to boat, swim, waterski, & all of the other summer things I have always enjoyed sober with my friends and family.
If there is anyone who has some advice to offer, I'd really appreciate it!

posted on Sat, 05/09/2009 - 1:45am
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Gail says:

Have you found a way to go swimming? Were on vacation right now.

posted on Sat, 07/25/2009 - 11:09am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i am in the same dilemma. I really want to get in the lake and my po just says "too bad". hate this f'in thing. i have a gps on the other ankle, b/c I was a few minutes late for my curfew!

posted on Thu, 07/30/2009 - 2:07pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

yep i got the same thing.. i am 18yrs old and got a dui and an underage. they slapped me with the scram bracelet, house arrest for 90 days, 2 yrs probation,and 3 yrs lisence suspension. so now i have a bracelet on both ankles. i think i would rather be in jail, and considering all the problems i have heard with this scram bracelet, it might be the better alternative..

posted on Wed, 09/01/2010 - 7:37pm
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Anonymous says:

I have wrapped the box in a plastic grocery bag 2 layers thick then ducked taped all the way around my ankle and taken baths No water touches the box I can also shower and hold the thing under the spray when I shave my legs I think this whole no bath no swimming is a farse

posted on Mon, 06/28/2010 - 11:23am
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Anonymous says:

posted on Wed, 02/04/2009 - 2:12pm

Must be a Company Representative

posted on Mon, 07/20/2009 - 9:16am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Yep. Obviously a total shill.

posted on Mon, 06/14/2010 - 5:43pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i be;eive that punishment is necessary, but this SCRAM bracelet might just be a little too harsh and after reading more about it, it"s obviously not at effective as they may have thought it would be. maybe things should just be cleaned up a bit

posted on Mon, 08/03/2009 - 4:25pm
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Joseph says:

I read that the sores are from poor hygiene. The rash maybe, but in my case the sores were actually abrasions from the 8 ounce object continually pulling on my leg with every step. Two of 18 wearers in the PIRE research sustained these abrasions, not rashes! Fact is using the device in the manner they do is a complete violation of the Sixth Amendment-Notice of Accusation, but those who oppose me seem to prefer security over liberty.

posted on Fri, 08/07/2009 - 8:29am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Am I the only one? I was not convicted of any crime, but was ordered to wear the device as part of a divorce decree ruling. My ex-wife complained about my drinking habits and the judge ruled that I have to wear the device whenever I have the kids - every other weekend. I can't swim with them, am embarrassed to be in public in the summer, etc. The ruling is for an indefinite period of time - basically, it is on me to go back and fight for it to be changed. Also, I am now starting to travel on airplanes more frequently - and at times when I can't get the kids unless I have the device while traveling. Has anyone worn this through airport security? Have you had trouble explaining the device to airport screeners?

posted on Fri, 10/02/2009 - 9:41pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I was just wondering if anyone knows if the scram can detect if you drank 10 hours before it was put on?

posted on Fri, 11/20/2009 - 8:35pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Does anyone know if alcohol can be detected if you drank 10 hours BEFORE the scram was put on?

posted on Sun, 11/22/2009 - 1:00pm
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A PO Wearing A SCRAM for Research says:

Yes the SCRAM can detect alcohol back 10 hours, but only if you had a large amount of alcohol to drink. For it to go back 10 hours you would have consumed at least 10+ drinks and had a BAC of likely .15+ depending on weight and a few other factors.

posted on Tue, 12/29/2009 - 12:36pm
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alabama says:

i have a question. i understand that the PO has a period of time they have to wear it as well. i dont have a problem with having to wear it or not drink but the more i read on the scram bracelet the more i feel that there should be a class or maybe paperwork or something that you can read that will tell you more in depth things to avoid. i understand it is sensitive. not a problem. but breads with yeast can show a positive reading can show up as alcohol consumption. i feel just generalizing the information to nothing with alcohol is misinforming. this is something that affects the people who wear the scram bracelet's lives.
not only that but i have had 2 incidents where alcohol was present in the air. it was 3 - 4 days after before i was ever notified. for something that has not been 100% accurate and people's freedom relies on wouldn't it be fair to give them the opportunity for alternate testing?
i don't argue that i should be on the scram bracelet. i fully accept the responsibilities of my actions and am more than willing to do what is necessary to get help and follow what i should do. i don't completely disagree with the bracelet of itself. i don't feel properly informed and for something with such a high defective or inaccurate reading rate shouldn't alternate forms of testing be more readily available?

posted on Wed, 08/25/2010 - 8:08pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

did you ever find out if alcohol from the night before can be deteced the morning after when the scram was put on? had vodka and power aid stopped about midnight and had it put on around 9 this morning. i weight 155, 5'4 and female. i can feel it every half hour. thanks

posted on Thu, 08/19/2010 - 3:13pm
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JLCSBIN47@aol.com says:

I have a false pos. for tampering, for 8.5 hours, while I was asleep. My PO says I'll go to jail for 6 months for this. I sleep alone. I live alone. NOW WHAT??????? How do I fight this? Any help out there?

posted on Sat, 12/26/2009 - 10:51pm
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A PO Wearing A SCRAM for Research says:

Okay for those of you who have violated SCRAM and did NOT drink please let me know what products you were using, I am a PO who, although I trust the SCRAM's that I have installed on people and have not had a positive reading from alcohol that the person did not admit to drinking, or did not fail a subsequent test, I want to try this thing out for myself and see what kind of readings I get drinking and not drinking. Let me know. For those of you who have true positives and were really drinking, I do not have sympathy for you, you do it to yourself. For those of you who have true false positives I can assure you that it is our worst nightmares as PO's to file on someone who is trying to make a change in their lives. I know that there are several people who get sent back to court and did not do anything wrong, but there is also a lot of people who are full of crap and wont address their addiction. It's not right, but we do our best, the reason for this research. I will also be testing ways to tamper with the device, so if anyone has ideas for that please let me know.

posted on Tue, 12/29/2009 - 12:51pm
Jim's picture
Jim says:

Anything for research, first of all let me say I believe this Scram bracelet should ONLY be used as a SCREENING device. PO's are being notified day's after the positive is read. Some modems only "REPORT" every other day, some "report " when their R.O.M. gets 3/4 full (about 4 days) Even if the person is downloading every night to the modem. This doesn't give anybody a chance to "pove" anything. That's the way Scram wants it, can't prove the bracelet wrong or right or the person. With 102,000 bracelets being used there would be over 70 downloads a min. in a 24 hour period. The fact they only have 104 employees, that means about 34 per shift, watching 33,600 downloads. There are to many things that send a false test, to list here. Windex, Nyquil, gasoline, hairspray, food. Dead skin, rash, blisters, lint, soap scum, will send a false tamper. The list goes on and on, you would have to live in a bubble not to send a false positive sometime. Scram says 1 in 1600 is a false positive. Uhm...lets see here 102,000 on scram being tested twice a hour in a 24 day, that's 4,896,000 tests, with 1 in 1600 being false, that's 3,060 false test a DAY! NOW THAT IS JUST WRONG!!! Would you get on a plane if you knew that 1 in 1600 would crash!
The first test I would try is as soon as it's put on, put a sock between the bracelet and your leg, that's so when it takes it's first "bench mark" you already have it blocked, and that's where Scram will set all the "numbers " from. The next test is: Put three layers of siranwrap under the bracelet before it takes a "bench mark". Drinking: Scram admits, they only catch about 86% of the drinking. If you eat a full protien filled meal and drink a full volume drink (ie:beer) at one a hour, it will not show up. Next: have about three 100% alcohol drinks, then in 45 mins put some gasoline around the bracelet, it will know it's gasoline, because it will spike off the charts and lasts along time.
I think, Scram is not the "Be all Know all" there is another company coming out with a monitor and GPS that sends alerts and where they are in real time, that way, you get to know in real time if they are drinking, and if they are, send them to jail. Hope this helps!

posted on Sun, 01/03/2010 - 4:55pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I used a Bath and Body works Body cream and it registered me at .10. This last time... I have no idea. My boyfriend was drinking and he came to bed.. that's the only thing I can think of, and it registered at a .04

posted on Tue, 05/11/2010 - 9:20pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I received a false positive just this morning. said it was from 9pm to 2am on Dec. 31st 2010. While i was at a bar i was not drinking, i was the sober driver for four of my friends. All i consumed was a cheesecake and 2 sodas. i was quite shocked to hear i had a positive reading for alcohol. I read online that Andy Dick had this same thing happen but said it was from a spilt drink on the ground. Is this something that would trigger the unit?

posted on Mon, 01/03/2011 - 2:20pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Just for the record, I don't have any alcohol related problems so this device doesn't really concern me, but...
how the hell can this thing be legal!?
our freedoms are being taken away under false pretense of safety...
this is scary, so scary...

posted on Wed, 12/30/2009 - 4:34am
Nik's picture
Nik says:

This device is HORRIBLE! I have had nothing but problems after the first month. From changing the bracelet twice and the battery 3 times,to it reporting that I have been drinking at times I have proven I am at work (I am a bartender), I am constantly worried and thinking about it. I have gone in front of the judge also, as they threatened to put me in jail after the divice reported alcohol for 5 (yes 5!) days straight. Also, while I was waiting for court, the bracelet reported I was drinking. Luckily, they had me submit to a breath test and, viola! All .000's! The kicker for me- I haven't even been convicted of anything yet! My court hearing is in February and this bracelet is a condition of my bond. Seems I have been found guilty until proven innocent.

Now don't go assuming you know anything about me or my case or for that matter, my past. I will not discuss it here because I am waiting for a trial by jury. So I don't want any rude or degrading comments. I am just posting some horrible, stressful results from an unreliable MACHINE.

posted on Sat, 01/09/2010 - 6:21pm
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Todd Omaha USA says:

I was fitted for the scam bracelt on 7 Oct 2009. On Christmas day from 1PM till 8AM the device spits out a reading of "tampering". Some 70 plus days had elapsed without incident and then it gives a false tampering reading. 4 days later while attending one of two weekly mandatory AA meetings, the device again gives a reading of false tampering. I have witnessess on both occasions when this device decided to say I wasa tampering with it. I now along with my lawyer has to prove to the judge that I did not tamper with this. My sentence from my ever assuming PO is to wear it another 30 days for nothing I did wrong. I would be interested to know how many others are getting these readings while it's this time of the season where it is dry and your skin is flaky and what this is doing to the sensor? Of course they treat a tamper as a drinking event!! Wish I know how it would have tasted as I have completely abstained from any alchol since 1 Oct of 09.

posted on Tue, 01/26/2010 - 5:07pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

What Nik said is nearly identical to my situation. I am a college student who lives with 3 roommates who are all of legal drinking age. They know about my bracelet and the situation, but have drank in the house on several occasions since then. My issue is I have a lease for a year of this place, so I am stuck. I cannot drive and have no where else to go. One time there was a party there and there was a reading from the moment I got home from work until I showered the next morning. Not only did this completely anger me because I virtually had no control over my situation other than to try to find a place to be. The court has told me that since I have roommates they are not going to charge me if alcohol is present in the house, and they actually 'let me off' for this one, but said if there is any other reading no matter what I am going to jail. This thing has literally made me depressed. I am constantly worried about going into rooms where people have recently used hand sanitizer. I have very sensitive skin so when I shave I get razor burn really bad and the alcohol after shave is the only thing that prevents this razor burn. So now I am stuck with dry, flaky skin, and razor burn all the time. It is a constant stress and the fact that it costs $360 a month is absurd. I am wearing it as a condition for my bond where if I wear it until the judge decides to take it off (no more than 6 months) they will drop my OVI charge. I have had it on for 75 days now, and wish I would have just taken the OVI charge because it would have honestly been less stressful. The only reason I took this option is because I am young and do not want my insurance to be even higher than it is! I will also not go into detail about my case, but I will say I will never drive after having even a single beer, and I will rarely drink at all any more. I have come to the point where all of my paycheck goes to this, and I have extra student loans out paying for rent and food and other necessties. I believe that this device is unconstitutional and if I had more time/money I would hire a lawyer to help me fight it for that purpose and get them completely banned

posted on Mon, 02/22/2010 - 12:48pm
Jim's picture
Jim says:

I had one on for 120 days, had no false positive for alcohol, but had one for tampering, They are not water proof, just water resist. Judge says they are having alot of problems with water gettting inside, so he let me off.
If you get them banned, then we all would be in jail. I think they have the right Idea, but just to use them as a screening device. When you want to bitch about this thing, stand in front of a mirrow, because that's the real person that put it on YOU.

posted on Sat, 02/27/2010 - 11:39pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

im from oregon and got a dui in idaho and the only way i could bond out was with court compliance scram now i am stuck in idaho with nowhere to live and they are saying that it showed alcohol last month and i will have to go to a order to show cause hearing. i need to go home for work and my kids can they hold me in idaho? oh and i have not drank at all since having this anxiety strap on. about 120 days so far trying to get thru court and my next date is not till may

posted on Thu, 03/04/2010 - 9:38pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I have nothing to do with the SCRAM and have nothing to do with drinking as well, but just stumbled across these posts. To me the SCRAM seems like a good idea, if all the false alarms werent involved. I believe that many people are innocent and think they shouldnt be proven guilty until a new idea can be made up that gets rid of all the false alarms.

posted on Wed, 05/12/2010 - 7:43pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

What are the alternatives? Go to jail? This is for your probation period only, for a very loose house arrest. The majority of you put so many lives in danger by driving while intoxicated and are worried more about a bracelet designed to keep you off the road rather than the action you did to get you there in the first place. It's pretty ridiculous.
One person says this thread is a "real eye opener"... really? Being faced in court by a judge was not?

Face the consequences. Only you and you alone got you where you are.

posted on Sun, 05/23/2010 - 1:39pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Im sure LiLo will find this page...Ill bet she has a tamper, or a alcohol reading within 72 hours. I mean how the hell can she not wear perfume.....PUUHHHLEASE

posted on Mon, 05/24/2010 - 1:06pm
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Emily293 says:

The fact that the device is known to have some problems should be sufficient to keep the wearer out of jail unless the drinking episode can be substantiated through one or more other avenuses.
A positive reading alone should never be enough to take away a person's freedom.

posted on Mon, 05/24/2010 - 3:34pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I have been sanctioned to the scam for just 30 days by my p.o. for drinking on my probation, which I would say my p.o. cut me a break, I have had it on for only 4 days, and I just got a new job at a Deli, I do not want to piss my job off by telling them I can't touch, use, or get near oven cleaner, so I cleaned an oven out with some pretty heavy duty cleaner, and I accidently leaned into the oven and my arm touched the stuff, now I'm all sketch and am probably going to blow tommorow in case they try to accuse me of drinking, when I went in to my monitoring agency to get the bracelet put on they accused me of being drunk when I wasn't, and one of them was disapionted when I blew .000 so I don't trust them.

posted on Mon, 06/07/2010 - 5:12am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

watch your mouth, there are little kids reading these posts

posted on Mon, 06/07/2010 - 4:24pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Typical alcoholics. Nothing is EVER your fault. You could be caught red handed with your lips to a bottle of Jack Daniels and you would still deny it.

posted on Wed, 06/09/2010 - 7:17am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

My scram is also linked to a sobritor that calls and with voice recognition does random breathalizers through the phone line I have used oven cleaner I wear perfume I have never had a false positive issue because the sobritor is the back up check I drank socially and Moved my car 12 inches in a resturant parking lot to allow another car out who happened to be very intoxicated and hit a car 3 glasses of wine at dinner and trying to be helpful in a clueless situation got me here

posted on Mon, 06/28/2010 - 11:44am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

What will happen if I jump in the pool for a minute with the scram device on? Will it break the device, will it show it was tampered with? Does anyone know?

posted on Sun, 06/27/2010 - 3:44pm
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Dennis says:

Where can I obtian a list of products to avoid while I'm participating in the SCRAM program?

posted on Tue, 08/10/2010 - 8:27am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

did you ever find out? i drank on wednesday night and had it put on thursday morning. it was downloaded on friday night and i don't know the results yet. how long does it take for the information to get to the ams people? anything you can tell me would be a help, i'm going to worry all week-end now until i have it read again monday. i go to them and they download it right onto their computer at the safey council. i asked her if anything showed up and she said she didn't see anything but would know more monday.

posted on Sat, 08/21/2010 - 1:28pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

NO SWIMMING means just that. You should have thought about all of this before you decided to use alcohol irresponsibly. If the majority of you people gave half the thought you put into trying to defeat the device as trying to follow the rules and complete the program successfully or stop driking and driving you would all have never had the device on in the first place.

posted on Mon, 08/23/2010 - 1:10am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

does the scram modem show the area code for the phone line its dialing out from? i have the scram and have to pay $86 a week.. the only job i can get is in another state..i cant afford to drive back every night to download.. what can i do.. i tried majicjack and it dont transfer data.. i dont do anything illegal! i just need to be able to pay for this thing and make a living!! any ideas? thanks

posted on Sun, 08/29/2010 - 2:52pm
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Anonymous - IL says:

I agree with the poster above and believe it is a real inconvenience to have to upload the device via a modem from a fixed land lined location. This device is supposed to monitor my consumption of alcohol not my ability to make it back to my place every evening. Why are we Not able to upload our results weekly, bi-weekly, and etc to the company? From the 86 posts above false positive or not it is a violation and you will be in front of the judge. Why are their additional hurdles on something that does not need to be there? Are we not paying the state/ Scram location for this service...

posted on Wed, 10/27/2010 - 1:07am
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Anonymous - IL says:

2 of 2
@ recovery addicts/ (bible thumpers) haters - Everyone makes bad calls at sometime in their life. If you do not learn from this and turn it into a positive then you have a bigger issue. Stop hating because then you are no better than the person that did not learn. It is not productive!

posted on Wed, 10/27/2010 - 1:09am
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Anonymous - IL says:

@ Anonymous looking for a list of possible alcohol products.
Below is a link that outlines ALL possible products that may show up as Incidental Exposure to Ethanol on ETG test which should be about the same for the scram.
spam filter will not the link post but google - Possible Sources of Incidental Exposure and click on the website.
www.uatests.com/

posted on Wed, 10/27/2010 - 1:13am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I have the scram and I have been wearing it for 4 days and my skin fels like it is burning under the moniter, Is this normal ot should I get some kind of help?

posted on Sat, 10/30/2010 - 11:00pm
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swen77 says:

does meth show as a false positive thru your sweat when wearing the scram ankle bracelet? thanks for any help.

posted on Mon, 11/08/2010 - 9:26pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Just got my bracelet today. Hoping all goes well but I think there is a problem with the monitor or modem. It doesn't say anything. The directions say that it should read "MONITORING" while plugged up. I have tried different phone jacks and electrical outlets. Guess I'll wait and see tomorrow. But I did call and email my PO about everything.

posted on Wed, 11/17/2010 - 11:22pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

My scram quit vibrating earlier today and I dont know why. Its on kind of lose and I when I am in bed it moved around. I have had it on for a week. I called the monitoring place and they told me to call in the morning after it sends reading. I showered this morning and it quit working sometime after that I think. I am super stressed and scared I am going to get into trouble.

posted on Mon, 11/22/2010 - 2:49am
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Judge not, Sinner says:

Your US government exports violence to the world. They put lives in danger. Imagine wearing this at work, trying to hide it. Terrible. They are destroying people's lives. Wait till you walk in these shoes. Akin to wearing a Star of David in 1930s Nazi Germany.

posted on Thu, 12/02/2010 - 10:30pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

My brother just had his scram read today. He goes every Monday and Thursday for readings. He went in on Monday and everything was clear and fine. Then he went in today and they told him he was drinking on Saturday and his BAC was .111. He never had a drink he was sleeping at the time they had the positive reading. How can it be fine on Monday then show up on Thursday? Any help that you can e-mail me would be greatly appreciated thanks.

posted on Thu, 12/09/2010 - 1:44pm
will's picture
will says:

I have just been reported to have tamporing with my device on tuesday 12-7-10 today is 12-9-10 when i received the call in class. that day i have an exam for college at 8 am and was in classes till 430pm. i then reported to an outpatient clinic for the groups mandated by court from 6-730. the bracelet said the device was offline from 7am to 7pm. in my class i am required to take a breathelizer which came up with 0.00. im not in trouble for alcohol but it is a none complient issue which can hold a punishment as harsh as drinking. i dont think it is fair that someone that has been doing everything the courts have asked as well as going to school full-time and working full-time. i have made so many improvements in my life since put on scram 6 months ago and have complied with everything and now my life can change at an instant because of this false allocation. any advice?

posted on Thu, 12/09/2010 - 3:44pm
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Bradley says:

Another freedom grabbing FALSE positive here. Does that surprise ANYONE? I've written Congressman Peter Welsh (VT.), & written Senator Bernie Sanders with my complaint (Earlier today) Heck, I don't know what to do! The only people who believe me are my family. I'm not too shy to give my name, and where I'm from. I'm Bradley, from Georgia, Vermont. I will emphatically tell you SCRAM UNITS can, & do LIE ~

posted on Fri, 12/10/2010 - 12:46am
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SCRAM is a SCAM says:

This device is all about money. No facts to support its rliability other than the inventor and owner of the company and one expert paid for by him with a sample size of 24. I have had mine on four months and have had two false readings. Both time they call at least 7 days after the alleged event. Both times I challenged their report and suddenly the first time they changed my faulty box, and the second time they refit and changed the battery. Both times I was 100 percent innocent. I have done a lot of research and my conclusion is that they don't want to be challenged in court unless you are without a doubt 100 percent in violation. Mark my words this device will end up being banned and not admisable in court like the old LIE DETECTOR test was proven. Sadly there already is and there will be many more innocent people locked who don't know how to foght their reports or have the means to do so. I am a first offense DUI and beleive me I will never drink and drive again, and it's not because of SCRAM. It's because it woke my dumb ass up and has proven to be the best thing that has ever happened to me by getting the DUI. I have been alcihol free for 5 months lost 40 pounds of meds for blood pressure and now I'm an active participating figure in my family's lives. Thanks not to SCRAM but many to the alcohol councelor I was ordered to see and continue to long after the court ordered sessions ended. God bless all and be very aware of your bracelet at all times to catch potential problems with it early. Such as mine very lose fit due to stretch or weight loss causing false tamper readings.

posted on Thu, 12/30/2010 - 12:02pm
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James says:

I have 30 days to go on SCRAM, on a six month sentence to where it. I recieved a call from the so called officer and he stated I need to come in because the FACE PLATE needed to be replaced. Does any one know why this is required? I have been completely been 100% sober during this last 5 months ans these posts are a little disturbing to me that they are going to start messing with me on my last stretch. Any and all replies would be greatly appreciated, thank you.

James

posted on Fri, 12/31/2010 - 9:31pm
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Anonymous says:

Help,I have the scram on and I have been sober for over 10 mos. My po informed me that i drank! Now he viloted me and i might have to go to jail.I got a lawyer but he wont fight scram!! I have been true to myself... Please Pray that God let my judge see the truth..

posted on Mon, 01/03/2011 - 1:00am
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Anonymous says:

has anyone had a problem with the loud sound from the device? discomfort aside, the loud vibration every 30 mins is disturbing not only for person wearing it but anyone else around. maker says it is "discreet" which it actually sounds like 25 cell phones on your ankle.

posted on Tue, 01/18/2011 - 9:43pm
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Anonymous says:

All I hear is how people say their innocent. Hmmm then why were you put on the Scram in the first place? Don't drink and drive!! This device will not go away. There are too many people beink killed or hurt because someone made a simple "mistake". It is against the LAW to drink and drive! Now, you have to deal with your consequences. I had children severly hurt due to a drunk driver. When that person goes to jail, I pray that she realizes what she did was WRONG! Maybe while she is in there she will realize that she made more than a mistake. She almost took my childrens' lives!!!

posted on Fri, 01/28/2011 - 4:25pm
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Anonymous says:

ill proubly get a violation too my scram bracelet is about ready to fall off my ankle the bottom two screws fell out so i will probly get me a violation too for tamporing with there faulty equipment

posted on Sun, 01/30/2011 - 4:34pm