Obtaining CDL while on prescription narcotic?

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  1. SeriousCDLInquirer

    SeriousCDLInquirer Bobtail Member

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    I’ve been on Subutex for around 10 years, never have had any probloms on it, take it as prescribed as a maintenance medication. Been a single Dad for 9 years and as of November do to hard times brought on by COVID, my children are living with there mother and step father “17&18. So I’m really considering going after a career truck driving “long haul”. My only drawback is that I’m taking prescription subutex. My question is, is it possible to obtain a CDL while prescribed a narcotic? I live in Kentucky. I don’t know how CDL works , if it’s state to state or federal. So if it is possible, is the CDL good in every state or does the policy change state to state?
     
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  3. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    You'll have to be off that drug completely to pass the CDL drug test.
    Even if you stop taking it, you'll have to be clean long enough to pass a hair follicle drug test.
     
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    Plenty of high paying trucking jobs in Kentucky for new drivers.
    Yes, your CDL is good for 50 states and Canada.
    Trucking is a good career, so prepare yourself for it.
     
  5. Moose1958

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    Three points.

    First I am a bit cynical when I see a new poster mentioning any prohibited substance and drug testing. I'm going to answer your question though.

    The FMCSA grants an exception to the narcotic rule IF two things are true. BOTH must be true for you to be on a narcotic while on duty!
    1. YOU MUST have a legit prescription for the narcotic!
    2. YOU MUST have a DOT Medical Examiner to sign off on it AND make it part of your medical long form.


    Last point. BEWARE even with a legit prescription and a MEs OK you will find some carriers won't put you in a safety-sensitive job.
     
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    Next to impossible to get a doctor to sign off on a CDL driver that's on a narcotic; prescription.
    One little incident and the doctor can lose everything that's been worked for their whole career.
    The liability will be put on the doctor and the trucking company, because the trucking company knew about their driver being on a narcotic and driving.
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    At one time I had a list of companies that hire graduates of SAP (Substance Abuse Program), but one at a time they all changed their policy. I threw the list away, because it's useless now.
     
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    10 yrs?? Seems little long, but ‍♂️‍♂️
     
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