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Positive trucker drug tests rise 13% nationwide

On Behalf of | Mar 16, 2022 | Uncategorized |

Many Michigan motorists feel nervous when driving near large commercial trucks, and with good reason. Those traveling in traditional passenger cars rarely fare well when semitrucks and smaller cars collide, and the chances of this happening increase when the people driving the commercial trucks are under the influence. The fact that positive drug tests are increasing among professional drivers means all motorists have good reason to worry.

Per ESR Check, positive drug tests among commercial truck drivers increased 13% during the first eight months of 2021 when compared against the first eight months of 2020.

Trucker drivers and marijuana use

More than half of all positive drug tests taken by commercial truck drivers were positive for marijuana. Many believe the high frequency of marijuana-related drug violations is because marijuana laws vary so much from state to state. From January until August in 2020, there were 18,252 truckers who tested positive for marijuana. From January until August in 2021, 21,438 truck drivers tested positive for marijuana.

Truck drivers and the use of other drugs

Research shows that commercial truckers also increased their use of other drugs during the first eight months of 2021 when compared to the same period the year before. There were 680 additional cocaine violations during this span in 2021 than there were in 2022. There were also 147 more methamphetamine violations during the first eight months of 2021 than there were in 2020.

Truck drivers who receive substance abuse-related citations must take part in a specific return-to-duty process if they wish to drive professionally again after a drug violation.