Drug Testing Law’s 20th Anniversary

DOT Marks 20th  Anniversary of Transportation Drug Testing Law

“The U.S. Department of Transportation today marked the 20th anniversary of the statutory authority to conduct drug and alcohol testing for workers entrusted with the safe operation of our nation’s transportation system.  The Omnibus Transportation Employee Testing Act, signed into law on Oct. 28, 1991, was enacted to reduce the abuse of alcohol and illegal use of drugs by employees such as pilots, airline mechanics, railroad engineers, truck drivers, bus drivers and subway operators.  Since the law was implemented, illegal drug use among transportation workers has dropped 50 percent, while the risk of fatal accidents caused by alcohol use by truck and bus drivers has dropped 23 percent. ”

Here is my 2 cents worth:

An old Greek guy once said you should question the questions.

How do they measure this 50% decrease?
I bet it has to do with positive results on DOT-mandated drug tests.

I have been told that drug users don’t’ use those substances anymore.

The DOT tests for Marijuana, Cocaine, Amphetamines, PCP and Opiates.

People use several different types of synthetic opiates and synthetic amphetamines for starters.

And, most trucking companies don’t do a very good job of administering the random selection process. The point is, there are probably a lot more drug users out there than these statistics would indicate.

–  just my 2 cents worth.










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