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DOT to Test Workers for Opioids Starting in 2018

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Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao (Hunter Dyke/AP)

By    |   Monday, 13 Nov 2017 09:51 PM

Workers in the transportation industry, from airline pilots to truck drivers, will be subjected to opioid tests starting next year.

The Department of Transportation announced an updated federal rule Monday that will subject "safety-sensitive employees in the transportation industries" to tests for the powerful group of drugs that killed roughly 64,000 Americans last year.

"The opioid crisis is a threat to public safety when it involves safety-sensitive employees involved in the operation of any kind of vehicle or transport," Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao said.

"The ability to test for a broader range of opioids will advance transportation safety significantly and provide another deterrence to opioid abuse, which will better protect the public and ultimately save lives."

Current tests screen for cocaine and marijuana. Next year, the drug-testing panel will include hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxymorphone, and oxycodone.

Employers regulated by the Department of Transportation will be required to begin testing for all of those substances starting Jan. 1.

Last month, President Donald Trump declared the opioid crisis a national public health emergency.

"As Americans, we cannot allow this to continue," Trump said. "It is time to liberate our communities from this scourge of drug addiction."

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The Department of Transportation announced an updated federal rule Monday that will subject "safety-sensitive employees in the transportation industries" to tests for the powerful group of drugs that killed roughly 64,000 Americans last year.
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