Banned Drug List for cdl?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by truedetailer, Oct 19, 2010.

  1. truedetailer

    truedetailer Bobtail Member

    Sep 29, 2010
    Is there a list of drugs drivers can NOT take? I know from reading that each company has different policies but i'm still curious if there is a national list of banned drugs for cdl drivers. I currently take 2 meds, neither of which are narcotic or on the controlled list. But still would be good to know before i go to school.

    Also, i'm living back in rhode island currently, been in florida for 15 years. Any local guys willing to show a newb some of the business?
  2. wfd336

    wfd336 Bobtail Member

    Oct 16, 2010
    Winsted, CT
    I'd have to guess anything schedule 3 while on duty. Schedule 1 and 2 are already illegal. Schedule 3's are your oxycodone, hydrocodone, tylenol 3, benzodiazapenes, etc... So be careful and check with your employer prior to getting behind the wheel.
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  3. Rerun8963

    Rerun8963 Road Train Member

    Mar 30, 2006

    it will have an *N* in the narcotic column if it is a narcotic drug.
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  4. RobertSmith

    RobertSmith Medium Load Member

    I was at the hospital getting new meds. I told the Doctor I needed meds that where all DOT friendly. He actually took the time to make sure they were all ok. Not saying all doctors will, but they do have that sorta information available to them.
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  5. chompi

    chompi Road Train Member

    Jun 21, 2008
    Deland, FL
    There are a lot of drugs that are legal as far as drug test concerns, however some of them can affect your medical card. When I first started driving I was taking a medication and they made me get a new medical card every year instead of two.
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  6. LindaLou

    LindaLou Light Load Member

    Jul 23, 2006
    Don't take Chantix! That stop smoking drug is banned for airline pilots, railroad engineers and conductors and TRUCK DRIVERS!

    Before the ban, I had the hairbrained idea that I'd try to stop smoking with it. Half sleep for three days. Horrible night visions (someone standing over me when I was laying in the bunk!) and a general feeling of not being quite THERE. I had the good sense to stop taking it.

    There are lots of psychotropic drugs meant to "calm" the bipolar, and "lift" the depressed. They affect mood and behavior. Some for the better, but for many of the mentally ill, it takes a while to find the right one.

    I have always been an advocate for mental health screening for truck drivers, maybe more important than physical screening. I've met many over the past few years that probably could have been living under a bridge if not for their OTR job.

    If you are stabilized on your meds, this isn't meant to degrade you. But you know how you are when you aren't "in the pike" with the dose or medication. And just how many are there out there that through shame or rejection of medical relief of mental illness aren't treated!

    Yeah, they scare me....
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  7. Markk9

    Markk9 "On your mark"

    Nov 26, 2006
    Lehigh Valley, PA
    There is no banded list of legal drugs for a CDL holder like there is for a Commercial Pilot. The FAA has a list of drug that are banned. The FMSCA is looking into some thing like it, but as of now there is no list. It is left up to each company and their insurance.

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  8. rocknroll nik

    rocknroll nik High Risk Load Member

    Oct 18, 2008
    can't read the sign
    it is also left up to your Dr. but if you are on a narcotic substance and involved in an accident you can bet your bippee that your company will sell you out
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  9. LindaLou

    LindaLou Light Load Member

    Jul 23, 2006
    OK, fine.... Chantix isn't banned. You just can't get a medical card if you're on it! What do you call that?

    Where in the FMCSA guidance does it site companies or insurance?
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  10. IROCUBabe

    IROCUBabe Road Train Member

    Apr 9, 2008
    Dallas, TX
    This is a no brainer. Tell your doctor you drive a semi. Ask your doctor if the drug will interfere with your driving, if the doctor says yes, guess what, you are now uneligible to drive a truck until a) the doctor says you can b) you are not on the drug or c) the doctor gives another med.

    But all that aside ANY CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE being taken while driving is an automatic DUI (Driving Under Influence) not to be confused with but almost the exact same as DWI (Driving While Intoxicated).
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