What Type Of Drug Testing Is Done At Major Trucking Companies?

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Midwest Morgan's Comment
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Im kinda nervous as to why anyone would ask this personally. To me this type of question leaves me to believe drugs were used and your worried about what kind of test there is so you dont get popped with a dirty drop.

Anyway I know when I got my job with Modular it was just a urine test. Good luck.

I'd just like to add that in 23 states medical marijuana is legal. It got to that point because people were using it as a medication long before it lost it's illegal status. In each and every one of the 50 nifty United States people use marijuana as a medication for real diseases and disorders. I'm sure you've seen the TV commercials of girls glued to the couch but that's not how it really is. It's more along the lines of a person with bipolar or depression not going off on their loved ones. Or it might just be the way a person relaxes at the end of the day instead of drinking alcohol. There have been 0 deaths attributed to marijuana in all of human history. Alcohol claims 88,000 lives a year and wont come up on a drug test. Are you concerned every time you or one of your buddies pop open a beer? Because that's more likely to harm you then marijuana which is the, illegal drug, drug tests mainly test for.

Mikki 's Comment
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Im kinda nervous as to why anyone would ask this personally. To me this type of question leaves me to believe drugs were used and your worried about what kind of test there is so you dont get popped with a dirty drop.

Anyway I know when I got my job with Modular it was just a urine test. Good luck.

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I'd just like to add that in 23 states medical marijuana is legal. It got to that point because people were using it as a medication long before it lost it's illegal status. In each and every one of the 50 nifty United States people use marijuana as a medication for real diseases and disorders. I'm sure you've seen the TV commercials of girls glued to the couch but that's not how it really is. It's more along the lines of a person with bipolar or depression not going off on their loved ones. Or it might just be the way a person relaxes at the end of the day instead of drinking alcohol. There have been 0 deaths attributed to marijuana in all of human history. Alcohol claims 88,000 lives a year and wont come up on a drug test. Are you concerned every time you or one of your buddies pop open a beer? Because that's more likely to harm you then marijuana which is the, illegal drug, drug tests mainly test for.

Don't want to debate. Most people who defend it's use, are users. I have no problem with it's medical use. I have personal experience with someone near and dear to me that uses. His addiction and the amount of money wasted! (No Pun) is ridiculous! He will readily admit it has affected him in negative ways. Mentally, Physically sexually, socially. I am tired of people defending it's use for recreational purposes. You are in an altered state! No different than someone buzzed up on alcohol. I don't want to be around it and certainly don't want to be on the road with people who are on it. Why would anyone want to spend their life only being half aware of there surroundings? To each his own, stay away from me! Relaxing! No lives lost? Altered state is altered state you can not react quickly yet people are on the road driving, shooting guns, interacting with loved ones in an altered state! It's not ok! Done with my rant now I think. IT IS NOT A HARMLESS DRUG.

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PanamaExpat's Comment
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Sad to say it but if you are worried about a drug test... You probably should not consider driving as a career. I read what Brett wrote but still... I am pretty sure they are screening for THC, cocaine, meth, and opiates... If you don't have a scrip then diazapam, alprazolam, and clonazepam use should also keep you from driving. Had a tooth removed you should have dental records that would support taking something for that and should be justified.

Driving a rig is all about safety.. I for one don't want to see someone that should be in rehab behind the wheel.

Terry C.'s Comment
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I also believe that most of the inquiries to the drug test is due to marijuana users. And it seems that alot of people automatically assume that if someone uses it, that they will do it while driving which I think is not accurate. I don't have an issue with someone partaking in their home time as long as it's not used within 24 hours of driving a cmv again, JUST like alcohol. As with any mind altering substance (including alcohol) it can be abused and may cause long term effects as mentioned above.

But anyone that wants to take the chance of using marijuana and holding a cdl I would certainly be the first to tell you, you may be able to beat the pre employment screen, but your not going to beat the random and mandatory testing that you get if you have ANY accident. I just had a random a week ago and got hit for another random 4 days later. If you're coming into the industry thinking you're gonna beat the tests, you're not. You will get caught eventually. It may not be fair as marijuana may be a safer substance than alcohol but until they figure out a way to test for it like an alcohol test to see if you're currently under the influence of it, then you should stay away from it.

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  • Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more
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Mikki 's Comment
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I also believe that most of the inquiries to the drug test is due to marijuana users. And it seems that alot of people automatically assume that if someone uses it, that they will do it while driving which I think is not accurate. I don't have an issue with someone partaking in their home time as long as it's not used within 24 hours of driving a cmv again, JUST like alcohol. As with any mind altering substance (including alcohol) it can be abused and may cause long term effects as mentioned above.

But anyone that wants to take the chance of using marijuana and holding a cdl I would certainly be the first to tell you, you may be able to beat the pre employment screen, but your not going to beat the random and mandatory testing that you get if you have ANY accident. I just had a random a week ago and got hit for another random 4 days later. If you're coming into the industry thinking you're gonna beat the tests, you're not. You will get caught eventually. It may not be fair as marijuana may be a safer substance than alcohol but until they figure out a way to test for it like an alcohol test to see if you're currently under the influence of it, then you should stay away from it.

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Not an automatic assumption, like I said. Pot IS extremely addictive The person I know has had the same job for 20 years seems very responsible but routinely drives, smokes on his lunch hour smokes in the morning smokes all weekend. They believe because they build a tolerance and smoke more and more that if they only have a few puffs it's all good. I have had many discussions about it He tells me users are full of it and use any excuse to make it ok. There is no waiting 24 hours. Also if it shows up in your system how do you know it's not still affecting that person 3 months later? Anyway like a said a real sore subject for me I see the "harmlessness" regularly it is a sad sad thing

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Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

CMV:

Commercial Motor Vehicle

A CMV is a vehicle that is used as part of a business, is involved in interstate commerce, and may fit any of these descriptions:

  • Weighs 10,001 pounds or more
  • Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more
  • Is designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) not for compensation
  • Is designed or used to transport 9 or more passengers (including the driver) for compensation
  • Is transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placards
Brett Aquila's Comment
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Pot IS extremely addictive

I may not know much, but even I know that's not true. Just because someone wants to do something regularly doesn't mean they're addicted to it. Our society, the medical field in particular, likes us to believe we always have some condition that's beyond our control and we need their pills and therapies to fix it. Coffee, video games, television, texting - there's a million things we all do regularly but I don't think we need to be lining up at a Betty Ford Clinic anytime soon.

There are a lot of people who just make bad decisions. There are plenty of members of the younger generations that are famously living in their parents' basements at 30 years old playing video games 12 hours a day. It doesn't mean they need a doctor's help or an intervention. It means they need to get off their *ss and go get something done.

Brian M.'s Comment
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Brett Addiction is a condition that results when a person ingests a substance or engages in an activity that can be pleasurable but the continued use/act of which becomes compulsive and interferes with ordinary life responsibilities, such as work, relationships, or health. So I have to disagree with you. To many people that are close to me have ruined their careers or personal relationships over their continued use.

Their is so much we don't understand about addiction and how it is wired in our brain. Now if you would have said you believe the ingredients in pot aren't addictive you may have a point. Many people are addicted to things we consider save such as exercise, sugar. and such.

Mikki 's Comment
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Pot IS extremely addictive

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I many not know much, but even I know that's not true. Just because someone wants to do something regularly doesn't mean they're addicted to it. Our society, the medical field in particular, likes us to believe we always have some condition that's beyond our control and we need their pills and therapies to fix it. Coffee, video games, television, texting - there's a million things we all do regularly but I don't think we need to be lining up at a Betty Ford Clinic anytime soon.

There are a lot of people who just make bad decisions. There are plenty of members of the younger generations that are famously living in their parents' basements at 30 years old playing video games 12 hours a day. It doesn't mean they need a doctor's help or an intervention. It means they need to get off their *ss and go get something done.

I luv ya Brett and this site has been a god send for me. I respectfully ask that you rethink your position on this. This feels kinda confrontational to me and I try and avoid those at all cost. Obviously, I am pretty passionate about this. I should maybe have said Pot is highly addictive to "some" people. I was going to post the definition of addiction but I will refrain. You will see unusual,abnormal,adverse, also physiological and compulsive use, known to be harmful to said user. It IS highly addictive to "some". I "feel" you kinda dismissed me out of hand with your response. One of the reasons I felt compelled to make another comment is, You are very highly regarded on this forum with good reason. Some might read your comment and think well Brett says..........it's a fact, therefore it is, when maybe there is a little more to it. My friend will say it is a victimless habit that he is only hurting himself and that is just not true, his loved ones are suffering.

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Susan D. 's Comment
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Ok, here's the scoop on Stevens Transport. My nephew is a rookie there, started last October. He says they only do urine testing and hes had 2 randoms and 2 breathalyzer tests in the past 10 months.

Nikolai R.'s Comment
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I was just wondering what drugs they test for? I'm on psychiatric medications and have a good driving record. I am not on any benzos, amphetamines, or anything addictive. Do they test for EVERY medication or just benzos and street drugs? I'm reluctant to go to apply to trucking school because I'm on a medication that's considered an anti-psychotic, but is also used for mood stabilization. I am currently in nursing school, but have recently felt much less and less interested as the semester went on. I'm really worried I won't be able to get into trucking and have a strong interest in it. The medication I'm on is called Invega Sustenna? Thank you!

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