Business, Safety

Drug Positivity Rate in US General Workforce Hit 14-Year High in 2018

Drug Positivity Rate A hair sample is tested at Quest Diagnostics. (DrugTestingTV via YouTube)

The rate of U.S. general workforce drug positivity hit a 14-year high in 2018, according to a new drug testing analysis released April 11 by Quest Diagnostics.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
April 11, 2019
Government, Business, Safety

Quest Analysis: Drug Use Among Workers Holds at High Rate

Marijuana leaf Trevor Hagan/Bloomberg News

Driven by increases in cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana, drug use in 2017 by the general U.S. workforce held steady at its highest rate in more than a decade, according to an analysis by drug test lab Quest Diagnostics.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
May 8, 2018
Government, Safety

Despite Mandate, Hair Testing Rule Still Months Away

Whiteside by Eric Miller/Transport Topics

A proposed rule that would allow trucking companies to conduct government-certified pre-employment drug testing using hair samples likely will not be publicly released until the end of 2017 or early 2018, according to a top official with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
March 20, 2017
Government, Safety

DOT Drug Testing Shows Marijuana Most Common, But Amphetamine Use Rising Fastest

While more commercial motor vehicle drivers tested positive for marijuana in 2015 than any other drug screened in mandated pre-employment and random tests given by motor carriers, the rate of positive tests for amphetamines continues to climb at a rapid rate.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
June 2, 2016

FedEx Argues Law Bars Prosecution for Drug Shipments

FedEx Corp. said it shouldn’t be prosecuted for delivering drugs dispensed through Internet sales without prescription because its actions are protected under federal law.

Pamela MacLean | Bloomberg News
March 26, 2015

Doctors: Keep Drivers Off Road If Using Certain Prescriptions

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Doctors who advise federal regulators said last week that truck drivers should be kept off the road if they’re taking prescribed drugs such as OxyContin and Percodan, but they declined to recommend changes because current rules allow drivers legal use of the drugs.

November 3, 2014
Government, Safety

Regulators to Meet on Risks of Truckers on Legal Drugs

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s advisory committee and medical review board will meet later this month to “identify concepts” the regulatory agency should consider in updating its policy regarding the risks of truck drivers’ legal use of stimulants, depressants and opioids.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
October 10, 2014