DOT Adds Opioids to Drug Testing Program
Beginning January 1, 2018
Springfield, MO—The Federal Department of Transportation (DOT) is amending their drug testing program to include the testing of four semi-synthetic drugs to its panel. The ruling, published yesterday in the federal register, states the DOT drug testing panel will add hydrocodone, hydromorphone, oxymorphone and oxycodone beginning on January 1, 2018. The DOT mentioned in their press release that it is a “direct effort to enhance safety, prevent opioid abuse and combat the nation’s growing opioid epidemic.”
The changes also include the addition of methylenedioxyamphetamine as an initial test analyte and removing methylenedioxyethylamphetamine as a confirmatory test analyte. In addition, the rule removes the requirement for employers and consortium/third-party administrators to submit blind specimens.
“The opioid crisis is a threat to public safety when it involves safety-sensitive employees involved in the operation of any kind of vehicle or transport,” said Secretary Elaine L. Chao. “The ability to test for a broader range of opioids will advance transportation safety significantly and provide another deterrence to opioid abuse, which will better protect the public and ultimately save lives.”
Tomo Drug Testing is working with our laboratory and Medical Review Officer regarding the impact these changes will have on our current DOT clients. Additional information will be published on our website and sent via email in the near future. Please feel free to contact us with questions you may have.
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Tomo Drug Testing, originally created in 1991 under the name ‘Employee Screening Services’ to serve drug and alcohol testing requirements for compliance, safety and prevention in Missouri organizations and workplaces. Tomo, having office locations and onsite testing available in Missouri and surrounding states, serves the unique needs of companies, schools and organizations by creating customized solutions to meet increasing demand from regional and national organizations.