November 26, 2014

A couple of weeks ago, in sheer desperation to seek help from anybody that would help me in my unique situation of taking medication that causes urine screens to test positive for THC, I wrote a letter to a committee that I discovered from a posting on the current board in our unit. This group is called the Correctional Institution Inspection Committee, which was formed after the Lucasville prison riot several
years ago. Before then, inmates had no one to voice concerns or complaints to from within the system that needed to be addressed and resolved. Like everything else, I had my doubts about this committee helping me in any way, but I had to give it a try, knowing I would regret not pursuing every possible avenue for help, so I sent them a letter, stating my situation and the unjust actions made by Madison Correctional Institution against me. To my surprise I received a response from them in the mail, addressing my concerns and the actions they’re taking in an attempt to help me as well as others faced with similar situations. They told me that they are aware of the fact that medications like mine have the tendency to create false positive drug screens specifically for; yep you guessed it, T.H.C. This committee even went as far as contacting the company that was contracted to drug test us and even they verified that people taking medication similar to mine has the tendency to test positive specifically for T.H.C. when using their test cups. So my question is this, why the hell wont the prison recognize these facts?!.. The Inspection Committee expressed their sympathy for my circumstances, pointing out that they don’t have the power to overturn my guilty conviction; however they are doing what they can to have my case re-opened and investigated further. As I said before, I’ve worked harder in these last few years of my life, to maintain sobriety and work towards goals that I’ve set in place to change my entire life and success of my future, not to mention the extreme difficult task of building trust back with my family and loved ones and I’ll be damned if I let someone just take that away from me without a fight. A huge part of change in my life is having the courage to stand up, face my difficulties in life, most importantly never running away from my problems, but standing up to face them and search for a resolution opposed to masking them through the use of substances, thus creating more problems.


Steven Dybvad

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