Commonly Abused Drugs

You may be wondering just what types and what kinds of drugs are abused by the folks who happen to fail a Department of Transportation drug test. While there is no definitive way of telling what person is more prone to use certain types of drugs, we can say with certainty that those that use these drugs don’t belong on the road. While being on the road is one thing, transporting goods with a commercial drivers license is another thing entirely. That’s why it is very important that the standards and measurements we use in the DOT compliance industry are tried and true methods of prevention.

Here is a list of some commonly abused drugs. Some of the drugs found here are legal, some are not. For those that are legal, there may be special stipulations for how long a person operating a truck needs to wait before using these drugs.

  • Nicotine- Nicotine is found in cigarettes and other tobacco products and is a legal substance. This is not a scheduled drug by the DEA and does not hold any consequence on driving ability.
  • Alcohol- Another legal substance, this is found in beer, wine, and liquor. There are health risks associated with this drug and can extremely impair driving ability. That is why the DOT regulates the use of this drug while operating a vehicle.
  • Marijuana- This is a commonly abused drug that is recognized by the DEA as a Schedule 1 drug. This has been known to affect a driver’s ability to operate and is also on the list of drugs not allowed for the transportation industry.
  • Among others are stimulants like cocaine and methamphetamine that severely impair judgment and ones ability to drive.

These are matters to take very seriously and are heavily regulated by the Department of Transportation.

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