Hair Testing And Prescription Drugs

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Jack C.'s Comment
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Hi everyone, this is my first post. My searches on this topic are how I found this site. I took klonopin prescribed to me for about 5 years. I never even realized it could be a problem for drug tests. My doctor knew what I did for a living too. I began looking for a new job about 3 months ago. I came across one that required a hair test. I had not heard of this, even though I've been driving almost 9 years so I did a little research and discovered klonopin could be detected on some hair tests depending on what panel it is. I decided not to move forward with that job because I was too scared it would go on my DAC even though I was prescribed. I'm on the hunt for a job again. I've been off the klonopin for 2 months. I know a hair test detects back 90 days so I got another month to go until I can pass. My question is typically what panel are the hair tests? Are they just a 5 panel? Also should I just move forward and let the company know I used to be prescribed but now I'm off of them? I'm not sure I can wait another month where I'm working now. I don't know if I should post the company name but it's definitely on the list trucking truth made. Thanks


Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

icecold24k's Comment
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I may be incorrect on here but I believe the standard is a 5 panel with extended testing for opiates. However if you had a prescription I am not seeing the issue here unless you just want to hide the fact you took it. I know that drug may be a no go for a lot of companies. I am not an expert on this subject so take this for what it is worth.

PackRat's Comment
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What does this prescription medication treat? Reson I ask is you wrote that you stopped taking it, so how is this absence affecting you now and what are your future plans concerning it?

Donna M.'s Comment
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Man that is a very serious drug! And u just quit taking it ? Klonopin blocks special receptors in the brain to reduce anxiety, stress, and difficulty relaxing. Once a person is addicted to the drug, their brain can no longer produce feelings of relaxation and calmness without it. This is why people addicted to Klonopin struggle to quit and are unable to function normally when they don’t have it. I would seriously seek some medical advice perhaps u are more unsafe to drive without the drug!

Jack C.'s Comment
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Just to clarify I weaned off. It wasn't easy. The first 3 weeks were hell and wasn't driving during that time. I was actually out for an injury so the timing worked out. I was mainly taking it for sleep but ended up being dependent on it. For some reason my stupid doctor let it happen. I don't have trouble sleeping anymore and if I do I take melatonin.

PackRat's Comment
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I read up on that. Anti-anxiety, problems adjusting to people, trouble sleeping.....All these are definitely involved with the trucking industry. There is a lot of stress out here driving and there's no way around it as a daily occurrence.

Not accusing you or pointing any fingers at anyone, but this is something to consider:

There are few prescription medications that a driver can take and drive. Doesn't matter if it's what the doctor prescribed, what they screen for, what you don't tell the medical examiner. If a driver gets in a crash or damages something while driving and is investigated, it will come out and then one better have everything legal and covered. Otherwise, it's lots of money and/or a jail cell for that driver. It's the driver that's at fault.

If this sounds scary that's because it is.

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