Actor Cameron Douglas, who is out on probation after being jailed in 2010 for drug charges, has tested positive for marijuana in his system. The incarcerated son of Michael Douglas failed a random drug test in April, according to court papers.
Cameron, who cooled his heels behind bars for seven years on a drug conviction in 2010, is a recovering addict. Although the initial sentence was for five years, it was extended by another two years after he admitted to smuggling drugs into the prison. He was convicted for possession of heroin and selling methamphetamine.
According to media reports, during a court hearing on May 9, a probation officer said that Cameron tried to manipulate the results of the test as alleged by a lab tech. The actor attempted to submit something, which was not his urine. Consequently, more tests were conducted and he tested positive for marijuana, the officer said. The probation officer, however, requested the judge to be lenient on Cameron because relapsing is part of the recovery process.
Although he is repentant of his deeds, Cameron laments the woeful treatment meted out to incarcerated individuals with drug addiction inside the prison system. The only saving grace amid this ordeal for Cameron was his family’s steadfast support. Earlier, he had expressed his gratitude toward his family saying, “there is a beautiful purpose hidden along this painful journey.”
Talking to PEOPLE, Cameron’s lawyer Benjamin Brafman said that he has not relapsed. “He is completely drug-free and in full compliance with all of the conditions of his post-release supervision,” reiterated Brafman.
Cameron appeared before the judge for an update hearing on June 21, which went without any hiccups. He told the judge, “I guess what I want to tell you is that since I’ve come back, I’ve worked really hard, and this hiccup is unfortunate, but I don’t foresee it happening again.”
Irrespective of the decriminalization of medical and recreational marijuana in certain states, people at large should be made aware of the fact that it is a highly addictive and mind-altering substance, which can lead to adverse health concerns. Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the main ingredient in marijuana that induces psychoactive changes in the body leading to dependence and triggers cravings in chronic users.
Being a long-acting drug, cannabis is known to stay in the system for a longer period of time exposing the individual to several health hazards. Research shows that use of marijuana over a period of time can cause short-term memory loss and chronic smoking can damage the respiratory tract. As the therapeutic value of marijuana remains a controversial and heavily contested issue, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) continues to retain its Schedule I classification tag along with drugs such as heroin, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) and ecstasy.
Although immediate treatment is the only solution for any substance abuse problem, it is not easy to recover from a chronic addiction. An individual has to be strong-willed to be able to come out of any addiction and gain lasting recovery. Like the case of Cameron who received unflinching support from his family in his struggle against addiction, incarceration and avoiding a relapse, every recovering addict would need such love and support from close ones to beat addiction.
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