FMCSA broadens drug testing requirements

| 8/25/2010

In a quest to further ratchet down illegal drug use in the trucking industry, the Department of Transportation has issued a rule that will expand the scope of drug tests.

The new regulation, which will go into effect Oct. 1, 2010, will add MDMA – known on the street as Ecstasy – to the list of drugs screened for in DOT mandated drug tests.

For initial tests, the agency lowered the cutoff levels for detecting the presence of cocaine and amphetamines, and heroin was added to the list. Initial tests are the first tests done on samples. If a sample shows positive results for illegal drugs, it is then put through a confirmation test.

Drugs that will be screened for once the regulation goes into effect include:

  • Marijuana
  • Cocaine
  • Opiate metabolites of codeine and/or morphine
  • 6-Acetylmorphine, which is heroin
  • Phencyclidine, commonly referred to as PCP
  • Amphetamines of AMP and/or MAMP, such as speed
  • MDMA, street name Ecstasy