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Thu Oct 12, 2017, 11:36 AM

Trump Finalizing Opioid Testing Rule For Transportation Workers

BY MELANIE ZANONA - 10/12/17 11:16 AM EDT 6

The Trump administration is finalizing a proposal to require opioid testing for certain transportation workers.

The rule would impact railroad engineers, pilots, air traffic controllers, truck drivers and other employees who are subject to federal drug and alcohol testing regulations.

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said in a letter to Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) this week that the proposed rule is “undergoing final review.” The agency has also ordered a study on substance abuse in the transportation sector, she added.

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To combat the growing opioid crisis, Health and Human Services updated its mandatory guidelines in January for Federal Workplace Drug Testing Programs, and allowed DOT to add four prescription opioids to its drug-test panel: hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxymorphone and oxycodone.

The DOT then issued a notice of proposed rulemaking signaling that it would adopt the HHS guidelines on opioids. Comments on the proposal were due six months ago.


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Currentsitguy Oct 12 #1
RCW2014 Oct 12 #2
rampartb Oct 12 #3
RCW2014 Oct 12 #4
WritelyWrong Oct 12 #5
rampartb Oct 12 #6

Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 11:38 AM

1. Considering the current epidemic

This is probably a good idea.

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Response to Currentsitguy (Reply #1)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 12:03 PM

2. Considering there actions can kill others than themselves, I don't either. eom

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Response to RCW2014 (Reply #2)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 12:12 PM

3. considering that opioids are included in current drug testing

including transportation workers, what is new?

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Response to rampartb (Reply #3)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 12:29 PM

4. I believe this will make it law instead of just a guideline. I know truckers are subjected to the

hair-follicle test around these parts. 90 day look back.

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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 12:32 PM

5. Would be nice if it includes all Federal employees too.

Especially on Capitol Hill and the Whitewash House.

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Response to WritelyWrong (Reply #5)

Thu Oct 12, 2017, 01:11 PM

6. federal emmployees are drug tested

but political appointees and congresscritters will never be tested.

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