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Topie: Can you drive truck (CDL) while on methadone?
August 4th, 2009 10:04 PM
taperingfrom140 I'm going to start the process of getting my CDL here in Pennsylvania, USA, but I first need to find out for sure if it is going to be a problem that I am on methadone when I get drug tested when I go to get a job.

Also wondering, do you have to take a piss test to get your CDL? If so, is methadone a problem there?

This is going to be holding up my life plans until I get these answers so I'm hoping that someone on here has a CDL or is currently working as a truck and can tell me this.

Please help!!!

Thanx in advance -
TF140
August 4th, 2009 10:27 PM
butterfliesNmiracles i did some research for one of my clients
and found out
that
it isnt a law that you can or cannot be on a methadone program and drive a truck

however...
each employer can make a decision on a situation to situation basis to decide if they feel the client is responsible enough...

my advice to my client was ...
call in a favor
see if there is someone who can put in a word for you
maybe someone who knows something about addiction
who is willing to give you a chance...

good luck
August 5th, 2009 09:08 AM
mas215 That's right, while there might not be a law that prevents you from getting your CDL, most companies refuse to let methadone patients drive. I worked as a courier in the northeast as an independent contractor driving my own vehicle but still making pretty good money. Of course the wear and tear on your vehicle is another story so a lot of what you make goes right back into your car. Many of the drivers I worked with had their CDL but because of failed drug tests (not just methadone) couldn't get work unless it was their own car, van or truck and the courier companies didn't drug test.
August 5th, 2009 11:32 PM
taperingfrom140 Do they definitely test for methadone? Isn't that kind of discriminatory??

How disappointing...sigh.

TF140
August 6th, 2009 11:51 AM
George Methadone and driving may seem very scary because of methadone related driving accidents as reported in the press. It is my guess that some patients are still using other drugs that can enhance or cause problems when used alone or in combination with methadone. Such patients get extra help to stop the problems that reflect on those who are doing very well on methadone.
August 6th, 2009 03:08 PM
mike9158 Hi all,

Frankly, I think most companies would be scared to hire a driver taking methadone, due to the liability issues involved. I have a friend who drives for Werner Trucking and he says that it isn't just that the company wants to discriminate against someone using methadone, but the company's insurance carrier refuses to insure any over the road driver under the influence of any narcotic medication that could "cause drowsiness" or impair one's ability to drive.
According to him, he and his co-drivers have to report any prescribed medication they receive to their dispatcher and that failing to do so can result in disciplinary action.
I don't know how thorough trucking companies test for drug use as I have never driven a truck. I know that normal drug tests sometimes don't even check for methadone, as it does not test positive for opiates like loritabs or Oxy's do. You have to order a specific test. I work for the State of Kentucky and I know for a fact that our initial drug screen didn't check for methadone.

Tapering...whatever you decide to do, best of luck my friend. Keep us posted. Take care.

Mike9158
August 6th, 2009 04:56 PM
kal7467 the first clinic i went to had a couple of cdl drivers and there were special rules that they had to follow such as only going up 5mg at a time while increasing and some other stuff i cant remember