When you work as a truck driver, safety is one of the biggest priorities. Therefore, you will be consistently subjected to drug and alcohol tests in order to ensure that you are able to safely operate a very large vehicle.

If you fail a drug test for one reason or another, this has the potential to be devastating to your career. It will mean that with immediate effect, you will not be able to continue working as a truck driver. It will also mean that it will be very difficult to get a job as a driver in the future. In addition, the law is so strict that any refusal or failure to produce a sample for testing will count in itself as testing positive for a drug.

What can I do to try and speed up the time it will take to get new work?

When you have failed a drug test as a truck driver, you will be given access to a number of substance abuse professionals (SAP). You will then be able to contact a SAP and he or she will be able to help you start the process of returning to work.

A SAP has the responsibility to ensure that the public is as safe as possible. Therefore, they will evaluate you and only recommend that you are eligible to return to work when they believe that it is safe for you to do so.

If you failed a drug test as a truck driver, you may be eager to return to work, and therefore, open to rehabilitation treatment. Alternatively, you might have reason to believe that the drug test was inaccurate. In either case, it is vital that you take immediate action.

Source: Trucking Truth, “CDL Drug Test Failure & Return-to-Duty Process,” accessed March 30, 2018
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