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Doxy W.'s Comment
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My husband started his first day of truck driving school today and both he and I are so happy for this new chapter in our lives! Last night when my husband went to bed he asked my son if he had any sleeping pills because he had so much anxiety about starting today that he could not sleep, and soooooo my son gave my husband one of his xanax, ( my husband thought it was a sleeping pill) anyhow that was at 8pm last night and he was drug tested today at about 4pm which is getting close to 24 hours later....now we are both scared to death this is going to be the end of this new beginning for us, all over a damn xanax...I did look it up online ad it says it only stays in the system for about 11 hours,...does anyone know if this shows up in his urine test if he could test again, or if it will show up.....geesh we have the worst luck! thanks for your help Doxy

Starcar's Comment
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I'm sorry Doxy...but that wasn't bad luck...that was just plain stupid. NEVER take someone else's drugs....you could be allergic, and it kills ya...OR you could get popped with a random drug test, and come up dirty...and lose your CDL , and your future with it... Sorry to be so hard on ya...but theres lots of ways to get to sleep when your stressed. I know, I have class 4 insomnia. And I'm a truck driver, so I can't take ANYTHING for it. I try to take a walk before turning in, warm milk, a little to eat, and a good book. Tell him to get used to the stress, its a part of the job. He'll find that there are days that your so stressed, that you won't need anything to go to sleep...you'll be exhausted.

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.
Brett Aquila's Comment
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I don't know if that will show up on a drug test or not, and I'm not sure what they'll do if it does. If he was taking his pre-employment drug screen for a job and it showed up, he'd be let go and that would go on his record.

Honestly, I'm not sure how this is going to play out. It's going to be a wait and see kinda thing I'm afraid.

Dave D. (Armyman)'s Comment
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I don't know if that will show up on a drug test or not, and I'm not sure what they'll do if it does. If he was taking his pre-employment drug screen for a job and it showed up, he'd be let go and that would go on his record.

Honestly, I'm not sure how this is going to play out. It's going to be a wait and see kinda thing I'm afraid.

That is exactly how I see it. Let this be a lesson to anyone that is subject to drug test on a regular basis. It was brought up earlier. Never take anyone else's prescription drugs.

Dave

Troubador222's Comment
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Some drug tests are looking for specific things, but since xanex is a popular abused drug, I would bet they test for it. The point Is that a drug like xanex could affect a persons ability to safely drive a truck. Just as much as getting drunk. Even if they accept your husbands story, they are going to question his judgement. Would someone who takes a controlled substance that is not perscribed to him could be thought to more likely take it and get behind the wheel. Thats the way a company will look at it. Im not trying to be judgemental about your husband, but the best way to pass a drug test is take nothing unless perscribed by a doctor. Good luck. I did get a chance to read your other posts, and Iknow you folks are coming from a placeof economic hardship, trying to get back. I am in that same boat. I hope it all works out.

BHall's Comment
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It stays in your system for a long time and is a no-no as far as the DOT is concerned. I hope for the best for you guys!!

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.

David A.'s Comment
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I'm new to trucking, going for CDL training soon. I have a number of prescription medications, including xanex and for occasional kidney stone issues, vicodin. I've been told that as long as I show the prescriptions from a doctor and disclose it on the initial drug test, that it would be OK.

Is this true? Can someone point me to a link showing specific medications or types that would be a problem.

TIA - DA

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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I'm new to trucking, going for CDL training soon. I have a number of prescription medications, including xanex and for occasional kidney stone issues, vicodin. I've been told that as long as I show the prescriptions from a doctor and disclose it on the initial drug test, that it would be OK.

Is this true? Can someone point me to a link showing specific medications or types that would be a problem.

TIA - DA

Vicodin is a pain reliever and you would not be able to take it or even have it on the truck. Its a big no no. Only pain reliever you ca use while on the truck is over the counter stuff. If you feel the need to take this strong of a pain killer then you would not be able to drive until it has left your system...(6 to 10 hours?) and a company will not allow you to sit that long just cause you have a health problem and still stay employed.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Can someone point me to a link showing specific medications or types that would be a problem.

I'm not aware of any lists available that tell which drugs are approved for commercial driving.

Any drugs that potentially cause sleepiness or limit your cognitive abilities will not be approved. The best way to find out about the prescriptions you have is to speak with any doctor that gives DOT physicals and they can tell you whether or not your drugs will be approved for commercial driving.

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Pebbles (Juelma N)'s Comment
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Anything can happen, but it might not turn out good. His body has had time matabolize and deposit it in his kidneys. If someone takes it on a regular basis it will show up 2 to 3 weeks in urin. If he is not a cronic user it probably wouldnt show after 3 or 4 days. Thats an estimation. He took it just a day ago. It will probably show. I am not a fan of xanax and it a real problem everywere expecially here in ky. People just arent taken them the way they are supose to be taken and highly addictive. I agree there are things even if you need them that does not belong in a truck, and these are one of those things. I have watched people I care about destroy their lives and others while on xanax. Please dont allow him to take anything else that will risk his life and others on the road. I understand it was a one time thing, but its not a good thing. I wish him luck and hope everything turns out okay.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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