Opi­ate screen­ing ahead for truck­ers

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - BUSINESS & FARM -

Four of the most abused opi­ates — oxy­codone, oxy­mor­phone, hy­dro­mor­phone and hy­drocodone — will be in­cluded in com­mer­cial driv­ers’ drug screen­ings be­gin­ning Jan. 1, the Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion said Mon­day.

Un­til now, trans­porta­tion com­pa­nies have not been fed­er­ally re­quired to screen driv­ers and other op­er­a­tors of these drugs in urine tests, leav­ing some com­pa­nies to screen them on their own.

The Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion said at the be­gin­ning of the year it would adopt the screen­ing pol­icy of the Depart­ment of Health and Hu­man Ser­vices, which amended its pol­icy to in­clude the four drugs.

“The re­vi­sion of the drug-test­ing panel har­mo­nizes DOT reg­u­la­tions with the re­vised HHS Manda­tory Guide­lines es­tab­lished by the U.S. Depart­ment of Health and Hu­man Ser­vices for Fed­eral drug-test­ing pro­grams for urine test­ing,” the Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion said in a no­tice posted in the Fed­eral Reg­is­ter.

— Dal­ton LaFer­ney

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