Central Oregon Trucking Hair Drug Test

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Flatbed50's Comment
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I recently had a dental procedure where the pain was so bad they had to prescribe Vicodin. I’m starting soon at COTC (Central Oregon Trucking) and I’m concerned about the possibility of a hair follicle drug test. Does anyone know if they do a hair test? Thanks in advance!

Anne A. (G13MomCat)'s Comment
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Pretty sure that if you're not still taking it at the 'soon' when you start schooling, and BRING the empty or paper copy of Rx so they can log it on your paperwork, that it WAS legal, and for a short time/ one time surgery, you'll be fine. You didn't yet have your CDL upon consumption of a prescription.

More experienced hands will chime in; welcome to Trucking Truth, btw~!

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.
Flatbed50's Comment
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Thanks! I’ve actually had my CDL for years and I’ve always had a clean DAC report. I’m looking forward to doing flatbed and I don’t want any issues or problems on my report. I’ve researched COTC thoroughly and they seem to be one of the better ones. Don’t want anything to screw it up. I’ll bring my prescription with me, but I would feel much better if I knew for sure what test to expect. Not worried about a urine test as it’s been over 30 days since my dental procedure and Vicodin consumption.

Pretty sure that if you're not still taking it at the 'soon' when you start schooling, and BRING the empty or paper copy of Rx so they can log it on your paperwork, that it WAS legal, and for a short time/ one time surgery, you'll be fine. You didn't yet have your CDL upon consumption of a prescription.

More experienced hands will chime in; welcome to Trucking Truth, btw~!

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.

DAC:

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.

Anne A. (G13MomCat)'s Comment
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Thanks! I’ve actually had my CDL for years and I’ve always had a clean DAC report. I’m looking forward to doing flatbed and I don’t want any issues or problems on my report. I’ve researched COTC thoroughly and they seem to be one of the better ones. Don’t want anything to screw it up. I’ll bring my prescription with me, but I would feel much better if I knew for sure what test to expect. Not worried about a urine test as it’s been over 30 days since my dental procedure and Vicodin consumption.

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Pretty sure that if you're not still taking it at the 'soon' when you start schooling, and BRING the empty or paper copy of Rx so they can log it on your paperwork, that it WAS legal, and for a short time/ one time surgery, you'll be fine. You didn't yet have your CDL upon consumption of a prescription.

More experienced hands will chime in; welcome to Trucking Truth, btw~!

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PackRat had a new ticker put in while holding his CDL. Didn't hurt him proceeding to a new job since returning to the work force. Old School had eye surgery or something whilst working for Knight; same scenario. Rainy / Kearsey recently had eye surgery; going back to Prime soon, as well.

Not sure of their meds, but one can expect a few pain killers for major surgeries.

DISCLOSURE is what it's all about, in my experience. My own husband had a root canal in 2010 and took Tylenol 3 for one day. Granted he was only going back to the 'same' company with no hair follicle, but he 'fully disclosed' and I'm sure it showed up on his U/A, but he was off 3 days and was cleared to work.

I'm sure you'll find the answers. Wish you well; hope you are healed up, for sure!

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.

DAC:

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.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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I had pain killers 2 years ago after surgery and had a few weeks recovery. Prime safety said they didn't care cause it is out of your system in 24 hours. There was weeks between my use and driving They had me send my paperwork to the prime doctor and all was good.

There is a huge difference between a legal and one time thing and a habit. The hair test would show habitual use similar to rings in a tree.

Don't worry about it.

PackRat's Comment
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I would call the recruiter there at COTC and explain your situation. Keep copies and all documentation of prescriptions, as well as accurate phone numbers of the doctors and pharmacists involved.

Flatbed50's Comment
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Thank you all for your help. Lots of great advice. I did some research and since I only took it for a couple of day’s it most likely won’t even show up. I’ll make sure to bring my prescription just in case. The company I’m with now was understanding and gave me time off for the day’s I took it. I think I’m just being paranoid. Perfectly normal to have dental procedures and take medications. Thanks again for your help!

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