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

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Sammy Clue'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 get tired of seeing responses like this. You have no right to judge anyone at all. You have no idea what people go through in their life. I ask this question personally on several different forums not just here on TT. It is a very important question indeed and you all should just give straight answers instead of being "******s". I smoked Marijuana since I was 15 years old up until I was 29 (Last year) and quit to become a truck driver, haven't thought about smoking it again since. So am I a bad person? Does that make me a Unsafe driver or a ignorant human being? NO it does not.

This question is ask because whether you realize it or not, it takes Marijuana 30-90 days to leave the system to pass a Urine test and could take over a 1 YEAR to leave the Hair. So if someone who is going through anything like I was and is leaving a career of 18 years and trying to do something new and has VERY LITTLE TIME to make a decision, this is the most important question of all.

Most of the population that uses Marijuana are not bad people, we work hard, we pay our bills, we take care of our families and we function just as anyone else. Stop making assumptions based on maybe one person you know or making accusations based of media reports. Just answer the question, be helpful, this is a FORUM used to get HELP. Not be judged...

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.


Sammy Clue's Comment
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As for the OP question, PAM Transport does Urine testing.

Good luck

Noah 's Comment
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I know for a fact xanax or it's none brand-name will show up.The day I took my last pill was the I was going for the physical and drug test...passed the physical but I told the doc about the xanax and he was cool about it and told me to just come back in March to do the physical and drug test again.I know I got lucky and I'm grateful for him doing that lol

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Nikolai, they will indeed test for any sort of prescription drugs along with illegal drugs. You will have to contact a doctor that does DOT physicals and ask them if the prescription you're taking is suitable for commercial driving. If it's not, your doctor should be able to switch you to something else.

Here is a bunch of information we have on drug testing:


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.

Rick S.'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!

While the med you're on, doesn't appear to be "specifically prohibited" - you DO have to list all medical conditions and prescriptions you are on.

My google-fu, shows that Invega Sustenna is injected (not pill form), so you're going to have to go back to your doc regularly to get dosed.

What typically happens here, is that you are going to need a letter from the prescribing physician, stating the diagnosis, medication and dosage, that it is effective and well tolerated, and will not interfere with your ability to operate a CMV.

From reading the package insert - the side effects of: Sleepiness or drowsiness - dizziness - feeling of inner restlessness or needing to be constantly moving - abnormal muscle movements, including tremor (shaking), shuffling, uncontrolled involuntary movements, and abnormal movements of your eyes, are probably going to make this one of the meds that the industry is not going to be comfortable with.


While this particular drug may well not show up in a drug screen, LYING about it is frowned upon. If you have an accident (even if it is not related to the drug itself), you open yourself up to some serious liability (up to and including CRIMINAL), by not disclosing that you're on it.

I'd opine (and I'm not a doctor), that a companies medical examiner might take a look at the same thing I linked to above, and decide that the risks of serious safety-related side effects are too great to approve you.

There may be other meds that will be as effective, with less safety-related side effects - but this is between you and your doctor. You might also have your doctor contact FMCSA or a DOT Medical Examiner (preferably an actual doctor - not a chiro or Nurse-Practitioner) to get an opinion on whether or not you will be able to get a DOT Med Card while on this med.

Again - while it probably won't show up on a 10-Panel Drug Screen, lying about it is very risky.



Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle


Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing


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.


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


Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Rick S.'s Comment
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Thank you

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.

John B.'s Comment
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Does anybody know if Verhia in Wisconsin does hair follicle drug testing?

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