Trucking Under the Influence is an investigative series from Heavy Duty Trucking magazine that examines the impact of drugs and the associated regulations, testing and abuse on the trucking industry.
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Trucking Under the Influence is an investigative series from Heavy Duty Trucking magazine that examines the impact of drugs and the associated regulations, testing and abuse on the trucking industry.

HDT

In a new era where where deregulation of marijuana is a realty in many states, an opioid epidemic is 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 drug use by truck drivers, and the associated regulations, testing and abuse on the trucking industry.

From the Pages of Heavy Duty Trucking magazine:

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?

Part 3: Digging Into Truck Driver Drug Use

A recent study found a higher rate of drug use by prospective drivers than was previously believed to be the case.

Part 4: Is There a Better Way to Drug Test?

DOT-Required urine testing has known shortcomings but in an industry faced with difficulty finding and keeping qualified drivers, some worry that stricter drug-testing protocols will only make the situation worse. Part 4 of HDT's Trucking Under the Influence Series.

HDT's Digital Coverage

Jan. 22, 2019: Hauling Cannabis and Cash: New Fleets Serve Exploding Industry

March 14, 2019: ATRI Study Looks at Legal Marijuana's Impact on Fleet Operations

April 15, 2019: The Hazards of Hauling Hemp

June 12, 2019: Trucking Alliance: Driver Drug Use a Top Trucking Safety Issue

Sept. 16, 2019: 7 Things You Need to Know About the New Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse

Sept. 25, 2019: Why Can't We Treat Marijuana Use Like Alcohol?

Oct. 8, 2019: New ATA Policy Addresses Marijuana Challenges in Trucking

Oct. 16, 2019: CBD Use Cost This Truck Driver His Job

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