drug testing
Government, Business

DOT to Add Four Opioids for Transportation Worker Drug Testing

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The U.S. Department of Transportation plans on Jan. 1 to begin testing truck drivers and other “safety-sensitive” transportation employees for the semi-synthetic opioids hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxymorphone and oxycodone, the agency announced Nov. 9.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
November 9, 2017
Government, Business

Canadian Trucking Groups Call for Zero Tolerance as Marijuana Legalization Looms

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Canadian trucking associations are calling for a zero-tolerance policy for marijuana use among drivers as the country prepares to legalize the drug for recreational purposes in July 2018.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
October 25, 2017
Business, Safety

Drug Testing Failure Rate for ‘Safety-Sensitive’ Workers Soars

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The percentage of U.S. workers in “safety-sensitive” jobs — a category that includes truck drivers — who flunked their federally-mandated drug tests increased at an “alarming” rate from 2015 to 2016, according to an analysis of drug testing data collected by the nation’s largest lab. Overall, the percentage of safety-sensitive workers who failed crept up year-over-year, the report said.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
October 19, 2017
Government, Business, Safety

Positive Drug-Test Rate Up to 7-Year High, DOT Says

A new U.S. Department of Transportation drug testing report shows that the overall 2016 lab-reported positive drug test rate for truck drivers and other DOT security-­sensitive employees rose to its highest level since at least 2009, including year-­over-­year increases in three of five drug categories.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
June 26, 2017
Government, Safety, Fuel

Truck Driver Drug Test Failure Rate Rises to Highest Level in Seven Years

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A new U.S. Department of Transportation drug testing report shows that the overall 2016 lab-reported positive drug test rate for truck drivers and other DOT security-­sensitive employees rose to its highest level since at least 2009, including year-­over-­year increases in three of five drug categories.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
June 20, 2017
Business

Drug Testing Labs Slow to Implement Electronic Forms Under New DOT Rule

Adoption of a federal regulation permitting drug testing laboratories to use faster and cheaper electronic forms has been so slow that the Department of Transportation recently sent out a reminder about the process.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
November 30, 2015
Business

Hair Tests Gain Favor Over Urinalysis in Drug Screens by Larger Carriers

Hair tests, which could keep more drug-abusing drivers off the road, are starting to gain favor among larger carriers though the number using them still are few and far between, experts said.

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