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Rick S.'s Comment
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Sheamus, Rick never stated Xanax was tested for. He said many people are not hired due to taking it. They have to report the meds they're taking. That's why they get DQ'd. It's not from the testing.

Please check yourself before you start demanding we need to educate ourselves.

Thanks - and yet again - a first post from a user, dredging up an old thread on drug testing.

And yet again - you are required to disclose any meds you are on.

Some may be meds that will be excluded by the FMCSA specifically, some are at the discretion of the company (insurance/safety departments).

Companies cannot/will not ask AHEAD OF TIME, what meds you are on (or will not ask) for fear of an ADA lawsuit for excluding someone with mental illness (discrimination). They WILL bounce you home for certain meds, to get them changed to something acceptable, or get off them.

There's a difference between the DOT DRUG SCREEN (5 Panel) and any other ADDITIONAL PRE-EMPLOYMENT DRUG SCREENS that a company may require - which are perfectly legal and acceptable practice. And they can bounce you at that time - for ANY SUBSTANCE (including benzo's) that are not acceptable to the company (again, usually safety or insurance departments).

Rule of thumb: if ANY MED you are on, has "may cause drowsiness" as a side effect - it's going to be scrutinized.



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Donna M.'s Comment
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If he gets a 5 panel he may make it. However if the company he is applying to has a 6 panel or a swab test he’s busted.

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