Hair Follicle Test Crisis, Read Before Judging

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Gregg K.'s Comment
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so I medically retired out of the Army a little over a year ago, and right after I went on terminal leave, I took two hits off of a bowl because I was, well free again. I dont remember exactly when it was Somewhere between April 2015 and July 2015. Anyways I did my thing, and about a month and a half ago I went through a CDL school and got my Class A. Today i showed up for orientation and they told me I was getting a hair test. Now i grew my hair out a little and buzzed it because i was lazy, grew it back out, buzzed it again, and now i grew it all out again. Now obviously I am freaking out because I had no intentions of getting a cdl when i did it, and now its about a year later and had a test done. What do you think the actual probability of me getting a positive result back, and what happens to my CDL after this if i pop hot?

CDL:

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.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Old School's Comment
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If your test comes back positive.it doesn't affect your CDL. What it will do is block you out of getting a job in the industry.

If you're being honest with yourself about the time frame, and the two hits were all you've done, then I think you'll be okay. It's hard to say exactly.

Please let us know your results. I'm hoping you dodged a bullet, because you do not want a positive D.O.T. drug test.

CDL:

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.
Gregg K.'s Comment
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If your test comes back positive.it doesn't affect your CDL. What it will do is block you out of getting a job in the industry.

If you're being honest with yourself about the time frame, and the two hits were all you've done, then I think you'll be okay. It's hard to say exactly.

Please let us know your results. I'm hoping you dodged a bullet, because you do not want a positive D.O.T. drug test.

I agree. I mean I know it was in that time frame, albeit a large time frame. I even asked my wife (she didnt do any) and she could remember exactly when but knew it was in that time frame. oh well. I guess I will hope for the best and prepare for the worst.

CDL:

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.
Parrothead66's Comment
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If you're being honest and it was two hits that long ago, 0% chance it comes back positive

Gregg K.'s Comment
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If you're being honest and it was two hits that long ago, 0% chance it comes back positive

I even told the company upfront about it, I have integrity issues, meaning its hard for me to lie about things. I dont trust myself to make up lies, lol they are too hard to remember. But anyways i told them about it before i took the hair follicle test. they were like why are you telling us? well just in case, i want to be honest

Joseph D.'s Comment
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Your fine man. THC metabolites only collect in the hair follicle when it is used habitually.

Rick S.'s Comment
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If you're being honest and it was two hits that long ago, 0% chance it comes back positive

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I even told the company upfront about it, I have integrity issues, meaning its hard for me to lie about things. I dont trust myself to make up lies, lol they are too hard to remember. But anyways i told them about it before i took the hair follicle test. they were like why are you telling us? well just in case, i want to be honest

Shoulda checked first (like here) BEFORE DISCLOSING.

A couple of hits over a year ago - won't show on any test.

Disclosing past (ancient) use, may end up on your DOT Med Form (if you checked the question about "illegal drug use in the past 2 years"). It probably won't affect a hire, but it may cause you to fall under more scrutiny in the future (as in getting pulled in for "random testing" a little more often than the average driver), and cause you to have to explain this answer your entire driving career.

I understand about the "personal integrity thing". Had you known "up front" that a year old puff wouldn't compromise a drug test - you might have just been better off not disclosing.

Rick

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Charlie Mac's Comment
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Per Hair follicle testing guidelines, only the most recent (closest to the scalp) 1.5" is used for testing.

Hair (typically) grows at a rate of 0.5" per month, thus the test (typically) only reflects the most recent 3 month history.

Another point of interest is it takes the follicle about a week (5-10 days) for the metabolites collected via your blood to deposit in the follicle & rise above your skin. For instance, if you did drugs today & received a follicle test 3-4 days from now, it would still show clean. (I don't recommend doing this) 😋

Hair Follicle Testing FAQ

Gregg K.'s Comment
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Well they told us they should have all results back tomorrow morning from their lab. We shall see what they find. Of course the panic in me is rising, just because thats my nature. I am praying for the best, but expect the worse...

Gregg K.'s Comment
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so I medically retired out of the Army a little over a year ago, and right after I went on terminal leave, I took two hits off of a bowl because I was, well free again. I dont remember exactly when it was Somewhere between April 2015 and July 2015. Anyways I did my thing, and about a month and a half ago I went through a CDL school and got my Class A. Today i showed up for orientation and they told me I was getting a hair test. Now i grew my hair out a little and buzzed it because i was lazy, grew it back out, buzzed it again, and now i grew it all out again. Now obviously I am freaking out because I had no intentions of getting a cdl when i did it, and now its about a year later and had a test done. What do you think the actual probability of me getting a positive result back, and what happens to my CDL after this if i pop hot?

I am good to go fellas. Apparently I was clean! Thanks everyone.

CDL:

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.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

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