Prescription Drugs And CDL Path

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Brad F.'s Comment
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Hi Folks,

Looking for a career change after 25 years in IT. I have a couple of questions before I embark on my CDL quest.

1. I have chronic SI joint pain that has been treated for the last 10 years by a physician prescribed Tramadol and Medical MJ. After using them for this long they no longer provide much, if any relief. My condition really only affects my ability to stand or walk for long periods of time. Sitting for about 3-5 minutes alleviates the pain and then I am good to go for another 30 minutes or so. I am capable of driving all day and perform typical lifting duties with no physical restrictions. I assume I must be drug-free to pass my DOT , even if medically prescribed. I have begun the process of weaning myself off the tramadol (under Dr. supervision) and have quit using medical cannabis. I expect to produce clean urine after about 30 days of sobriety. Do I need to worry about any residual detection if my meds were prescribed or should I wait a longer period before testing?

2. I am in good financial condition and can afford to pay for my own CDL training or take a lower-paying position for a year's contract for company-paid training. I am mechanically minded and not intimidated by the knowledge tests or the thought of operating a large vehicle. I feel pretty confident the skills would come easy for me. I am of the mindset of completing all endorsements and passing with no restrictions, out of the gate. I have two school options in my neck of the woods. One being NETTS in MA and another being CDLofNH in NH. NETTS wants $11k for a 22-week program and CDLofNH wants $8500 for 8 weeks. NETTS seems to have a lot of bad reviews and 22 weeks seems like overkill to me. Knowing that I will need at least a year of driving experience to be considered for employment with most reputable companies, would I be better served to pay for my own training or just do my time with a company that will cover, and expedites my training?

Thank you for your advice.

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.

DOT:

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

Travis's Comment
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I don't know if an Rx for marijuana waives either the DOT urinalysis for it nor a "private" hair test, which a lot of companies do.

Assuming you have time to wait, and what I'd do is come off the tramadol qnd as you're already off the weed, wait 6ish months. Cut your hair short in a high fade maybe a month after you stop tramadol then let it grow til you start looking. Then cut it to about 1.75" on top, should be clean hair then.

Another thing you can do is get an at home hair test and mail it off beforehand to see if you're good though I don't know if tramadol shows as a normal opiate as it's a bit different.

Alternatively find a company that doesn't hair test and if you've got two months clean pay your own urinalysis to see then go do a DOT one if clean.

I do not have my CDL yet(start school mid April) but this is what I'd do if I was in your shoes.

Hi Folks,

Looking for a career change after 25 years in IT. I have a couple of questions before I embark on my CDL quest.

1. I have chronic SI joint pain that has been treated for the last 10 years by a physician prescribed Tramadol and Medical MJ. After using them for this long they no longer provide much, if any relief. My condition really only affects my ability to stand or walk for long periods of time. Sitting for about 3-5 minutes alleviates the pain and then I am good to go for another 30 minutes or so. I am capable of driving all day and perform typical lifting duties with no physical restrictions. I assume I must be drug-free to pass my DOT , even if medically prescribed. I have begun the process of weaning myself off the tramadol (under Dr. supervision) and have quit using medical cannabis. I expect to produce clean urine after about 30 days of sobriety. Do I need to worry about any residual detection if my meds were prescribed or should I wait a longer period before testing?

2. I am in good financial condition and can afford to pay for my own CDL training or take a lower-paying position for a year's contract for company-paid training. I am mechanically minded and not intimidated by the knowledge tests or the thought of operating a large vehicle. I feel pretty confident the skills would come easy for me. I am of the mindset of completing all endorsements and passing with no restrictions, out of the gate. I have two school options in my neck of the woods. One being NETTS in MA and another being CDLofNH in NH. NETTS wants $11k for a 22-week program and CDLofNH wants $8500 for 8 weeks. NETTS seems to have a lot of bad reviews and 22 weeks seems like overkill to me. Knowing that I will need at least a year of driving experience to be considered for employment with most reputable companies, would I be better served to pay for my own training or just do my time with a company that will cover, and expedites my training?

Thank you for your advice.

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.

DOT:

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

Stevo Reno's Comment
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Have ya tried using Aleves? They work for my bad right leg, which I cracked the tibia at the joint. The installed 2 metal T brackets, and 9 screws, x-ray looks like a whacked hardware store lol

Once healed from that, and working, I slipped and fell on an airline laying in small puddle of ATF, the other tech left in my bay, did the splits, landed on my right foot, didn't feel anything, but snapped my right shin bone in half. Aleves helped me a lot to do all day on my feet. I refused to get the Norco script filled (strongest they make) But I also can withstand more pain than the average Joe too

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