Cameron Douglas Smokes Pot, Violates Probation
It was inevitable. I knew he was going to relapse, after all it’s an acceptable part of drug addiction. Cameron was released from prison and doing well. He was working, writing his new memoir and just enjoying his life after serving 7 years hard time for a drug sale. Then his world almost fell apart just three months later.
The 38 year old Cameron was asked to give urine during a random drug test conducted in April. The results were positive for marijuana.
I remember when the exact thing happened to me when I was on parole after serving 15 years to life for a non-violent drug crime in NYS. My parole office called and left a message and asked me to give her a urine sample. I panicked! I knew I was dirty. In my new memoir “This Side of Freedom: Life after Clemency I detail my feelings:
“Oh my God,” I cried, as I fell to my knees. I screamed to the ceiling. “Please God, please, don’t let me go back! I knew my urine was dirty and I would fail that test. An all-consuming feeling of doom blanketed my being. I totally freaked out. My heart began beating wildly and I prayed that I would not return to prison. I had heard that the majority of prison admissions came not from arrests for new crimes, but from probation and parole violations, like dirty urine tests. Nationwide, roughly two-thirds of parolees fail to complete parole successfully and returned to prison. I did not want to be one of them.”
According to the NY Post after Cameron Douglas tested positive for pot his probation officer gave him a break and did not send Cameron back to prison. He told the judge that relapse was an acceptable part of rehabilitation and said that “We would like to provide Mr. Douglas an opportunity to be in the community to see how he responds to setbacks, according to court transcripts.
The NY Daily News reports that Cameron tried to manipulate the urine test several times. I don’t know the facts of this. But I know for sure that one would try almost anything not to violate their parole. One old trick used by people who are dirty when trying to beat drug testing is to use someone’s clean urine. In fact you can purchase clean urine on line. In its advertisement of Clear Urine its website declared “Be sure you’re in the clear. Call 877-REAL-PEE and place your order for a frozen or dehydrated kit.” The website does have a disclaimer that says:
* THESE PRODUCTS ARE NOT INTENDED TO VIOLATE ANY FEDERAL, STATE, OR LOCAL LAWS. PRODUCTS AVAILABLE THROUGH THIS WEBSITE ARE NOT TO BE USED FOR ANY ILLEGAL PURPOSES,
INCLUDING USE FOR LAWFULLY ADMINISTERED DRUG TESTS. THE PRODUCTS AVAILABLE THROUGH THIS WEBSITE ARE TO BE USED AS A CONTROL SAMPLE WHEN CONDUCTING PRIVATE AT HOME TESTS.
Cameron was ordered to wear a sweat patch that was designed to detect drug use. He also was attending a drug treatment program which included Narcotic and Alcohol meetings. So why you might ask made him slip and smoke some herb? His lawyer Benjamin Brafman, told the court that Cameron was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder related to his time served in prison, and that he is seeing a psychiatrist to deal with it. While in court his lawyer took the opportunity to ask his judge to allow Cameron to visit his famous grandfather legionary actor Kirk Douglas who lives in California and is 100 years old. He has not seen him in over eight years.
Whatever the reason he slipped, I support Cameron, as I have in the past writing 14 op-eds that defended him always saying he needed treatment not prison. When his father Michael was not allowed to visit his son I started a petition on Change.org to help him see Cameron.It generated thousands of emails to then Attorney General Holder and the warden of the gulag that kept Cameron a prisoner. The petition worked and generated tremendous publicity in support of Douglas to see his only son. Soon after Michael was allowed to visit Cameron.
I pray for Cameron and support him and hope that he continues to be free to live a fruitful and productive life.