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Apr 14

The DOT is proposing a new rule that could affect your company’s drug testing procedures. The proposal is to add four commonly abused opioids to the driver drug testing panel in urine tests. The drugs -- hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxycodone, and oxymorphone -- are typically prescribed as pain pills.

Health and Human Services (HHS) expects approximately 1% of the submitted specimens to be confirmed positive for the added opioids, according to non-regulated workplace drug testing in 2011 and 2012.

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Right now, motor carriers are required to give random drug tests to 25% of their drivers each year. For the random testing rate to go back up to 50% of your drivers, by rule there must be one year where there is above 1% positive random testing rates among surveyed companies. The most recent data has shown an increasing trend and currently sits at 0.9% positives during random tests.

Adding these four common opioids, where HHS assumes 1% of those tested should come back positive, the random rate will easily be above the 1% threshold and potentially stay there for the foreseeable future.

Learn more about the rule and find out more about drug testing requirements for motor carriers.


Brian Gray is CEO and Chief Technology Officer of CleanFleet, the leading Drug & Alcohol Third Party Administrator in the Northwest. From D&A program management to collections, they keep your business and employees safe and working efficiently.

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