Fear Of False Positives With Drug Testing At Orientation?

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Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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In my entire life I know of only one person with a false positive. He and another got a lawyer and found the lab screwed up. It was corrected and not in trucking either.

Be more afraid of crazy driver and bad weather.

Rob T.'s Comment
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How will you handle getting a random drug test or worrying if/when you're going to be sent, if you're this paranoid about false positives? In my first year and a half I wasn't given a random at all. In the 3 years at my current employer I've been sent 5 times with today being the latest. Whats crazy is I had a gut feeling it was coming, no clue how/why, but I thought it'd be yesterday. Trucking companies are required to conduct 50% of the total driver positions yearly. That doesn't mean 50% of drivers will be tested, it means if you have 100 drivers you must have atleast 50 randoms done. Last year (?) I'd been sent 3 consecutive months where I'm currently at. Alcohol is 10% (or 10 drivers in the above scenario). Where I'm at the head of HR calls to see how my day is going and asks me to stop in her office before I leave. That's the only time she calls me. She won't tell you why she needs to talk to you because she can't. Davy had mentioned a while back that he was routed to a terminal and told to see his dispatcher. Some companies will have you go out of route and go to a testing facility immediately. Also, don't forget if you're involved in an accident you will be tested. My employer requires us to get a drug test anytime we cause over $1,000 in damage to anything. Fortunately, all my tests have been randoms.

If you're worried about a test coming back positive watch what you ingest or apply to your skin. I avoid poppy seeds and anything CBD just in case.


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