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Garrett P.'s Comment
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Hey guys and gals. I have a quick question for you all.

So I cleaned up and started to turn my life around on June 8th of this year. Haven’t touched weed since that day and I’m starting to feel a difference.

I’ve looked into Roehl trucking and am excited to apply. The one problem is that I called the recruiter and she told me that Roehl uses a six month hair follicle test.

Now, the test is a bit discriminatory. I’m a black male and shorter, more coarse hair holds chemicals longer than thinner, straighter hair. Knowing this, I’m extremely anxious about the test. The training facility is a ten hour drive my where I live, and I don’t want to drive ten hours, fail a test, and drive ten hours right back. Does anyone know much about six month hair follicle tests? Any sort of help is appreciated.

—-Garrett

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Old School's Comment
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Garrett, you're probably not going to like this...

You can't get started now. Please, don't even attempt it. If you fail a drug test you will have a helluva time ever getting a trucking job.

You need to have a minimum of nine months without doing weed in any form or fashion. If you consider that test discriminatory, just wait till you see what a failed drug test will do for you. Don't risk it!

Now... Let me be the first to congratulate you on your new lifestyle. It's huge when someone changes their habits and their life's trajectory. You are making a monumental change, and I salute you!

Hang in there and be patient. Trucking jobs will still be plentiful when you are ready. Right now you aren't ready for this. Keep up the good work. In due course you can pursue this. If you rush it you will regret it. Take your time - do the right thing.

You can be making progress on your new career while you wait. Spend your time studying our free High Road CDL Training Program.

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  • 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.
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Brett Aquila's Comment
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I know it's tough to hear the advice Old School has given, which is why I want to confirm that I agree wholeheartedly with what he's saying. A failed drug test is pretty much the end of your career, at least for many years. It's something you can not risk. Wait until you've been clean a minimum of 6 - 8 months before attempting it. Most of the major carriers that hire truck drivers have switched to hair follicle tests at this point. I wouldn't recommend trying to find a company that only does urinalysis testing because nothing is keeping them from springing a hair follicle test on you at any time.

I wish the news was better, but failing a drug test would be far worse than waiting a few more months to get started in trucking.

Brandon Kitts's Comment
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If you fail the test your career is over before it even started.

Mike B.'s Comment
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But don't get discouraged. Stay on this sight soak up the knowledge that the experienced drivers give you. I have yet to find a trucker community that is more positive and beneficial than TT. Im a rookie green as a gourd. People tell me that i know a lot for a rookie...its not thanks to me its thanks to this family of truckers who have busted there @$$ through the years and now are taking the time to mentor us. So i cannot stress enough stay on this forum. Ask questions. The only stupid question is one not asked. Soak up the knowledge like a sponge. That's my two cents...now im broke

Auggie69's Comment
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Hey guys and gals. I have a quick question for you all.

Now, the test is a bit discriminatory. I’m a black male and shorter, more coarse hair holds chemicals longer than thinner, straighter hair. Knowing this, I’m extremely anxious about the test. The training facility is a ten hour drive my where I live, and I don’t want to drive ten hours, fail a test, and drive ten hours right back. Does anyone know much about six month hair follicle tests? Any sort of help is appreciated.

—-Garrett

I'd love to see the data to support your assertion that black male hair holds chemicals longer.

Bottom line is quit doing dope and get in line to get a good paying job with no excuses. Stay clean and work at McDonalds until it's out of your system.

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Operating While Intoxicated

Aubrey M.'s Comment
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Unless there's been a drastic change in technology hair tests go back three months max. Black hair, white hair, purple hair doesn't matter. I'll reiterate what old school and Brett said, if you fall the test your screwed. Main thing is don't lie to yourself and try to blame a failed test on race or some other trumped up bs... If you stay clean nothing will give you a false positive. So if you're not clean for three months, don't test. And that means even one little toke.

Banks's Comment
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I'd love to see the data to support your assertion that black male hair holds chemicals longer.

Bottom line is quit doing dope and get in line to get a good paying job with no excuses. Stay clean and work at McDonalds until it's out of your system

THIS!!!

You spent time doing drugs and now their test is racist. "I've been clean for a month but they use a racist test".

You're making excuses for something you have control over before you've done anything.

Turtle's Comment
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I'd love to see the data to support your assertion that black male hair holds chemicals longer.

Take 30 seconds for a quick Google search and you'll have all the data you want. Numerous studies are suggesting that dark hair can in fact attract and retain chemicals longer than light hair. It has something to do with the melanin levels.

You spent time doing drugs and now their test is racist. "I've been clean for a month but they use a racist test".

That inflammatory misquote is just wrong. We have enough problems in this world without that word being watered down to almost no meaning anymore.

Garrett said the test was "a bit discriminatory", which is worlds apart from being racist. If you'd spent just a little time researching before jumping on your soapbox, you may have had something useful to say.

The OP came here with an admission of drug use, and a request for advice. That's it. Save the lectures.

Dm:

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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.
Banks's Comment
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I'd love to see the data to support your assertion that black male hair holds chemicals longer.

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Take 30 seconds for a quick Google search and you'll have all the data you want. Numerous studies are suggesting that dark hair can in fact attract and retain chemicals longer than light hair. It has something to do with the melanin levels.

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You spent time doing drugs and now their test is racist. "I've been clean for a month but they use a racist test".

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That inflammatory misquote is just wrong. We have enough problems in this world without that word being watered down to almost no meaning anymore.

Garrett said the test was "a bit discriminatory", which is worlds apart from being racist. If you'd spent just a little time researching before jumping on your soapbox, you may have had something useful to say.

The OP came here with an admission of drug use, and a request for advice. That's it. Save the lectures.

Not a soap box, Turtle but to be clean for a few weeks and blame the test is making excuses. That's like hitting the pole and saying it came out of nowhere. If you go into this career rattling off excuses without having done anything, we know where that's going to end.

Dm:

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.
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