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NCJ Number: 230017 Find in a Library
Title: Attitudes About Advances in Sweat Patch Testing in Drug Courts: Insights From a Case Study in Southern California
Journal: Journal of Offender Rehabilitation  Volume:49  Issue:1  Dated:January 2010  Pages:52-73
Author(s): Katherine Polzer
Date Published: January 2010
Page Count: 22
Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article examines the use of a sweat patch to monitor drug court participants.
Abstract: Drug courts are reinventing the drug testing framework by experimenting with new methods, including use of the sweat patch. The sweat patch is a band-aid like strip used to monitor drug court participants. The validity and reliability of the sweat patch as an effective testing method was examined, as well as the effectiveness, meaning how likely the sweat patch would deter drug use. Surveys were administered to drug court staff members following an experimental period during which the use of the sweat patch was varied in five drug court sites. The results show that the attitudes of staff toward the sweat patch are generally favorable. Although this case study presents the sweat patch in a favorable manner, there are still many changes to further enhance the effectiveness of this drug testing method. 2 tables, 40 references, and 2 appendixes (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Drug Courts
Index Term(s): California; Court procedures; Drug testing; Drug treatment; Drug treatment programs
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