Addiction Doctors Ask for Treatment, Not More Jail, for Son of Michael Douglas

A group of well-known addiction doctors is urging that the son of Michael Douglas receive treatment, instead of additional jail time, for his latest drug offense.

Cameron Douglas, who is already serving a five-year federal sentence for drug distribution and possession of heroin, received a sentence of an additional four-and-a-half years for being caught with heroin and the opioid addiction medication Suboxone, The New York Times reports.

His latest sentence is believed to be one of the harshest ever handed down by a federal judge for drug possession for a prisoner who was already incarcerated, the article notes. The sentence led about two dozen addiction specialists to file a brief on his behalf.  The case is under review by a panel from the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, according to the newspaper.

The experts say Douglas, who began using heroin daily while he was in his mid-20s, is a classic example of someone who suffers from untreated opioid dependence. They argue more prison time will not solve his underlying problems.

“My outrage is as a physician for someone who has a medical condition which has been ignored,” said Dr. Robert Newman, Director of the Baron Edmond de Rothschild Chemical Dependency Institute at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York, one of the experts who signed the brief. “What the judge has imposed has zero benefits for the community and has staggering consequences for society.”

Heroin and Suboxone were found in Douglas’ cell while he was testifying against a former drug dealer. He pleaded guilty to one count of drug possession by a federal prisoner. Most prisoners who are caught with drugs while they are incarcerated are punished with loss of prison privileges, according to Daniel N. Abrahamson, Director of Legal Affairs with the Drug Policy Alliance, the drug reform group that drafted the brief.

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    Tired of Famous Relateds Getting Off

    May 22, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    The warden should be removed first and then Douglas should serve more time for possession while he was incarcerated. He gets free health care, treatment while in prison at the taxpayers’ expense. Just because his Daddy is Michael Douglas, doesn’t mean his son gets off from his violations, law breaking. It’s still a crime to possess and use drugs in or out of prison.

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    May 21, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    This guy has had many treatment episodes before he got to this point. DPA is using this guy. In treatment the individual has to make a change and follow direction, he has chose not to do that.

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    May 21, 2012 at 4:33 PM

    i wish i was famous enough to get that many doctors to back me. and he can get some aod treatment in prison.

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    jeanette palmer

    May 21, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    This is the old mentality of people in authority. Jail is better than Treatment. How many Scientific examples do we need to show that prove this is a disease and should be treated as such! Shame on that Judge.

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