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?
A recent study found a higher rate of drug use by prospective drivers than was previously believed to be the case.
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.
• Bonus Web Feature: 7 Things You Need to Know About the New Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse
Part 5: The Road Back
Is a single failed drug test or alcohol screening enough reason to terminate an otherwise valued truck driver as a “lifestyle” drug user or unsalvageable alcoholic who must never drive a truck again?
• Bonus Web Feature: Testing Positive for Marijuana: One Driver’s Story
A professional driver shares his first-person story about what happened when he tested positive for marijuana when re-applying for his yearly seasonal job.
More Digital Coverage
March 14, 2019: ATRI Study Looks at Legal Marijuana's Impact on Fleet Operations
April 15, 2019: The Hazards of Hauling Hemp
Sept. 25, 2019: Why Can't We Treat Marijuana Use Like Alcohol?
Oct. 16, 2019: CBD Use Cost This Truck Driver His Job