Positive drug tests up 13% among commercial truckers
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Positive drug tests up 13% among commercial truckers

On Behalf of | Dec 23, 2021 | Firm News |

Commercial trucks are heavier and larger than passenger vehicles.  When large trucks collide with smaller passenger vehicles, those traveling in the smaller cars tend to experience the most significant injuries or fatalities. Truck drivers have a duty to remain hyper-vigilant and attentive when sitting behind the wheel of a commercial truck. Yet, data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration suggests that many truck drivers are failing to do so.

Per ERS, the number of truck drivers who abuse drugs on the job is on the rise. From the beginning of January 2021 through the end of August in 2021, the number of truckers who received positive drug tests rose 13% in comparison with the same stretch of time in 2020.

Drug test trends and patterns

The FMCSA’s Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse first started logging substance-abusing truck drivers at the beginning of 2020. Since then, there have been 95,740 positive trucker drug tests logged within the database.

Drugs most abused by truckers

Research shows that the majority of truckers who have positive drug tests wind up testing positive for marijuana. Marijuana offenses comprise 53% of all positive trucker drug tests recorded in the clearinghouse. Cocaine was the second-most-common drug abused by truck drivers, with 5,913 truckers testing positive for cocaine during the first eight months of 2021. Methamphetamine use took the third spot. The clearinghouse logged 3,526 drug tests positive for the substance within the first eight months of this year.

Truckers who receive violations in the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse may not return to the road until they successfully complete a specific return-to-duty process.