ADHD Medication

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Michelle G.'s Comment
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Why is ADHD medication frowned upon? I know people can be addicted to the stimulant, but millions of people are on this medication, including children. If it is prescribed, monitored by a doctor, and only a 30 day supply is given, why wont a trucking company hire? The medications, such as Adderall and Vyvanse is a stimulant, not a narcotic, that works to calm the mind down and to allow focusing. Do they realize how many people are driving that probably need help with this very thing? So people that are on anti depressants or on high blood pressure meds, that make you tired, is that ok? ugh, very frustrating! any suggestions or situations similar? Never had a problem finding a driving job before, now it seems to be an issue. And I noticed that applications are asking if you have ever done any drug EVER in your lifetime. Getting extremely strict for an industry that supposedly needs drivers.

Banks's Comment
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I'm not 100% on this, but I'll try to elaborate based on what I know.

Starting with ADHD, it's an impulse control disorder. That's a safety issue.

As for the medication, it's a schedule 1 narcotic. They're all banned.

There isn't really a driver shortage. If there was, the government would have no problems easing restrictions. We've seen this with many state of emergency situations where hours of service are suspended. They will not suspend banning controlled substances. For example, I can have a prescription for marijuana but that doesn't mean I can use marijuana and keep my job.

Michelle G.'s Comment
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That’s the point of the medication.

Marijuana & this stimulant are not the same thing. Just like a diabetic drug controls insulin, adderall controls the impulsiveness & helps on focusing. Millions of people have this . I blame it on the foods , but 🤷🏻‍♀️

Banks's Comment
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I'm not saying they're the same, I'm saying they're classified under the same narcotics list. A schedule 1 narcotic.

Every medication is meant to control something, but the FMSCA has a list of them that are banned for one reason or another. I recommend familiarizing yourself with that list.

Fm:

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.
PackRat's Comment
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I blame it on the Big Pharma industry and their lobby to be subsidized by Billions and Billions of dollars courtesy of Mr. and Mrs. US Taxpayer. Every time this industry comes up with the next "Wonder Drug" ( spelled CASH COW), psychologists, advertising brains, lawyers, and marketing executives invent a disease, syndrome, or recessive trait that magically "can now be treated or even cured!" Most "ailments" are psychosomatic, with a goal of fleecing people out of their money as easily as possible. Eat quality foods, work hard at something worthwhile, and occupy your brain with challenges. Not all drugs are bad, but I feel most are completely unnecessary and unproven.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
GrayBeardinPA's Comment
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It's not the trucking companies per say.

It's a Hard no from Gov. You will not get a DOT Medcard

What medications disqualify a CMV driver?

Why is ADHD medication frowned upon? I know people can be addicted to the stimulant, but millions of people are on this medication, including children. If it is prescribed, monitored by a doctor, and only a 30 day supply is given, why wont a trucking company hire? The medications, such as Adderall and Vyvanse is a stimulant, not a narcotic, that works to calm the mind down and to allow focusing. Do they realize how many people are driving that probably need help with this very thing? So people that are on anti depressants or on high blood pressure meds, that make you tired, is that ok? ugh, very frustrating! any suggestions or situations similar? Never had a problem finding a driving job before, now it seems to be an issue. And I noticed that applications are asking if you have ever done any drug EVER in your lifetime. Getting extremely strict for an industry that supposedly needs drivers.

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

FMCSA:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing

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.

CMV:

Commercial Motor Vehicle

A CMV is a vehicle that is used as part of a business, is involved in interstate commerce, and may fit any of these descriptions:

  • Weighs 10,001 pounds or more
  • Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more
  • Is designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) not for compensation
  • Is designed or used to transport 9 or more passengers (including the driver) for compensation
  • Is transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placards

Fm:

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.
Brandon G.'s Comment
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It’s a controversial drug a lot of physicians won’t prescribe. Plus it would be hard to differentiate a positive test result for adderal vs amphetamine usage.

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Not every medication is accepted. We are not allowed benadryl or any allergy pills. Comtrex and Mucinex are the only over the counter drugs.companies allows. Other than ibuprofen or something like that.

And no... It isn't okay for a lot of anti depressants. Trazadone is a common non habit forming, anti anxiety medication that is rejected by many companies.

So Michelle don't feel as though you are being discriminated against. You are being treat exactly the same as many other people with similar medications.

Sorry.keep trying. Perhaps a company will allow a similar med that your doctor may approve.

I blame the food also. A friend started making all of her own food including bread and all condiments. Her son's ADHD as well as her daughter's Krohn's disease were brought under control.

Ryan B.'s Comment
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I blame it on the Big Pharma industry and their lobby to be subsidized by Billions and Billions of dollars courtesy of Mr. and Mrs. US Taxpayer. Every time this industry comes up with the next "Wonder Drug" ( spelled CASH COW), psychologists, advertising brains, lawyers, and marketing executives invent a disease, syndrome, or recessive trait that magically "can now be treated or even cured!" Most "ailments" are psychosomatic, with a goal of fleecing people out of their money as easily as possible. Eat quality foods, work hard at something worthwhile, and occupy your brain with challenges. Not all drugs are bad, but I feel most are completely unnecessary and unproven.

This is spot on.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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I wanted to clarify something and put a disclaimer.... None of us are doctors. So take our advice on this as laymen.

But...There are differences between DOT accepted and company accepted.

"Non drowsy" formulas are not guaranteed everyone is effected this way. If I take a non drowsy Claritin or Zyrtec, it knocks me out. My sister who was a drug addict could take Xanax or Valium and it would amp her up for days. The opposite effect of what is supposed to be.

In one case, DOT may accept the drug. But the company may not. Many companies base their accepted list upon lawsuits. In a civil case a lawyer only need prove it is possible the non drowsy formula made the driver drowsy and therefore caused the accident. So why bother with that hassle? Especially if there are candidates on no meds with great driving records?

Michele mentioned the meds are a stimulant which "calms your mind down". That only works with ADD ADHD people. A stimulant in a non add person amps u up like speed. "Depressants" like alcohol calm people down.

Most things companies do is about lawsuits and insurance liability

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.

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