In a new era where where deregulation of marijuana is a realty in many states, an opioid epidemic hollowing out blue collar America and drivers are feeling as much pressure as ever to stay productive, alert and safe, the trucking industry is having to take the drug issue head on.
Our multi-part Trucking Under the Influence series examines the impact of drugs and the associated regulations, testing and abuse on the trucking industry.
Part 1: Truckers, Drugs and Safety
Amid national trends such as the rapid rise of marijuana legalization and a continuing opioid abuse crisis, trucking faces some disturbing trends of its own.
Part 2: 18 Wheelers and Weed
The stigma around recreational Marijuana usage is increasingly fading away and it is even being touted for its medicinal uses. How will a safety-focused trucking industry deal with this new cultural norm?
A recent study found a higher rate of drug use by prospective drivers than was previously believed to be the case.