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The Department of Transportation plans to add four prescription opioids – hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxymorphone and oxycodone – to the existing DOT drug-testing panel for screening truck drivers and other "safety-sensitive" transportation workers. This final rule is to take effect on Jan. 1.

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Calif. Steps Up Drugged Driving Detection

California law enforcement representatives and legislators gathered in Sacramento on May 10 to demonstrate new methods for detecting drugged driving. Included was a portable saliva test. Next year, the state's law permitting recreational marijuana use goes into effect. Video courtesy of KPIX5.

Canadian Company Working on 'Pot Breathalyzer'

Vancouver-based Cannabix Technologies Inc. is finalizing a product its calling a "pot breathalyzer" that officers could use to enforce drugged driving, according to a Reuters report.

Impact of the Rise of Legalized Marijuana

With state laws changing and evolving each year, fleet managers need to stay on top of legislation and fleet policies, and proceed cautiously as they navigate this new landscape.

Study Highlights Drug Use as Factor in Road Fatalities

WASHINGTON - In a new report on drug use by drivers involved in America's fatal crashes, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) this week reported post-mortem testing results showing an increase in the level of drug involvement among fatally injured drivers over a five-year period from 2005 to 2009.

Utah Trucker Faces DUI Charges in Fiery Crash

OGDEN, UT - A Utah truck driver has been arrested after blood tests indicated he was driving under the influence of illegal drugs when he crashed his rig carrying diesel fuel in March, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.

FMCSA Conducts Drug & Alcohol Strike Force

WASHINGTON, D.C. --- The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) said on Friday, Oct. 23, that 77 commercial bus and truck drivers are off the road and over 80 carriers face enforcement action as a result of FMCSA's first national drug and alcohol strike force.

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