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Addiction Experts Publish Consensus on the Soberlink System

HUNTINGTON BEACH, CALIF. – Soberlink, the leader in mobile breath alcohol detection technology, announced today its inclusion in an expert panel consensus paper about the use of remote monitoring in the clinical treatment of alcohol use disorder.

The consensus paper – written by a panel of nine alcohol use disorder treatment and research experts – was recently published in the Journal of Addiction Medicine. The paper examines the Soberlink System as a method of BAC collection and monitoring in various recovery situations. The experts concluded that remote monitoring could play a vital role in successful recovery as a method of deterrent, and a means of early detection and intervention.

The Problem with the Tostitos Bag Breathalyzer

Right around Superbowl time the commercials start running. And while warning us against drinking and driving may seem like a no brainer, some brands try to capitalize on the season of binge drinking with a gimmick.

This year, it’s the Tostitos Party Safe Bag. The tortilla chip bag comes with a built in “breathalyzer”. If alcohol is detected on your breath, the bag can even help you call an Uber. These limited edition bags will not be sold to the general public, but Frito Lay has partnered with MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) to provide 25,000 Uber coupon codes to consumers. The codes will be available on participating bags of Tostitos chips sold at retailers.

Soberlink Receives FDA Clearance for Medical Use

HUNTINGTON BEACH, CALIF. – Soberlink, the leader in real-time mobile-breath sobriety technology, today announced that the Soberlink Breathalyzer has received 510(k) premarket clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for medical use by healthcare providers to remotely measure alcohol in human breath, for the purpose of aiding in the detection and monitoring of alcohol consumption in those who suffer from alcohol use disorders.

Soberlink and Sober Sky Web Portal act as an accountability tool that allows recovering individuals to conveniently and discreetly share blood alcohol content (BAC) results with their treatment providers and recovery circle from almost anywhere in the world. Soberlink has worked for over five years with the top treatment facilities and addiction experts to develop a protocol for using the Soberlink System in clinical monitoring of alcohol use disorders.

Hands-on with Soberlink Cellular Smart Breathalyzer

Alcohol cessation programs often require participants to stay off the booze entirely. This may be voluntary or required by a court order, but the task of watching for slip-ups can be both difficult and counter-productive. Under court mandated cessation, typically randomly assigned visits are required of offenders, but people tend to take risks knowing that there’s only a small chance that a test will be required. Moreover, the burden of testing can be substantial if the testing center is far from home and frequent visits are required.

We received a new device to review called SL2 from Soberlink, a company out of Cypress, California, that makes it easy to regularly screen people for alcohol use. We spent a couple weeks checking it out and pretending to quit while having limited self control. It was certainly an interesting experience that opened our eyes to the difficult reality of alcohol cessation programs and how technology can help overcome many of these challenges.

At its core the SL2 is a breathalyzer with a built in camera that is intended to be used on a regular basis to confirm sobriety throughout each day. A schedule is typically set by a therapist or parole officer and the user has to follow it strictly to stay in compliance. We had a three times daily regimen to follow, which included morning, afternoon, and night tests. To make sure that the user doesn’t forget, the system sends out reminder text messages 15 minutes prior to a scheduled test and then follow up warnings if a test is not performed.

Wireless Breathalyzer Device Helps Keep Offenders Sober, Out of Jail

by Phaedra Haywood

SANTA FE, NM – Local judges and corrections officials have a new weapon in their arsenal of strategies to help ensure people accused of offenses involving alcohol abide by court orders to abstain.

The portable device transmits the results of breath alcohol tests to a cloud-based monitoring website, allowing judges to more safely release some offenders from jail, while still tracking whether they are complying with drinking bans.

The Santa Fe County Corrections Department began using the devices in March for offenders like Ryan Catron, a 23-year-old deaf man with a history of alleged inappropriate behavior in conjunction with alcohol use and failing to comply with court orders.

Soberlink Leads to Felony Charges

WAUPACA, WI – Three defendants in drunken driving cases now face felony bail jumping charges thanks to an alcohol-monitoring system recently introduced by the courts in Waupaca County.

Called Soberlink, the hand-held device collects a deep-lung breath test, measures the breath alcohol concentration and takes a photo of the individual to confirm his identity.

The device submits the test results to a monitoring website that sends instant alerts to notify law enforcement if there are signs of alcohol use.

Fetal alcohol fight in Crow Wing arms itself with new tool

My Baby's Breath

Star Tribune

by Pam Louwagie

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Former Crow Wing County educator Jody Crowe grew tired of seeing fetal alcohol-related behavioral and learning problems in children around the state.

Crowe is now leading efforts to combat it in a new way: putting cellular technology-based Breathalyzers in the hands of pregnant, alcohol-involved teens and giving them incentives to stay booze-free.

He and others in the nonprofit organization he helped found, Healthy Brains for Children, are launching the program with leaders in Crow Wing County.

“I saw so much loss of potential from prenatal exposure to alcohol,” Crowe said. “We have to get to the point of preventing it from happening to the next generation. This is one of the strategies.”

Program Rewards Teen Moms-To-Be Who Stay Sober

CBS Minnesota

by John Lauritsen

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A new program is providing rewards for teenagers who stay alcohol-free during pregnancy. An organization called Healthy Brains for Children is heading the effort.

Expecting teenagers are given a cell phone as an incentive but also a Breathalyzer that they will be required to blow into during the day.

“I guess it’s leading edge as far as prevention, and we are doing something,” said board member, Anne Archibald. “It’s proactive.”

The name on the side of the Breathalyzer says it all. “My Baby’s Breath” ensures that expecting teenage moms know exactly what’s at stake.

New tool to combat drunken driving


by Curtis Johnson

HUNTINGTON — Court officials hope a hand-held alcohol monitoring device provides the alternative needed to curb drunken driving and reduce jail costs in Cabell County.

The Sheriff’s Alternative Sentencing Division started using the new technology in late August. It replaces the typical ankle bracelet with a hand-held Breathalyzer. The device, known as SOBERLINK, comes equipped with cell and GPS technology to transmit instantaneous test results and a photograph to verify who provided the sample.

Sam Stowasser, the county’s director of alternative sentencing, called SOBERLINK the most advanced and effective alcohol monitoring device on the market. He and a colleague tested it for seven days and found it to be reliable.

“I believe this device is a breakthrough in technology and rehabilitation for community corrections,” he said.