The Drug Free Commercial Truck Driver Act of 2015 (S.806 and H.R. 1467) being proposed serves as a controversial new regulation in the Senate. Overall, it allows fleet owners to use hair testing as an option for drug and alcohol use.

Controversial New Regulation

Hair testing analyzes a hair sample for parent drugs and their metabolites. Then, the hair specimen ships to the laboratory, screened for illicit substances.

Overall, a 5-panel hair test detects cocaine, marijuana, opiates, amphetamines, and phencyclidine.

“Leading employers in a variety of industries around the world recognized that hair testing serves as an effective method to detect drug use,” said Dean Newell. Dean serves as the vice president of safety and driver training, Maverick USA. “Hair tests serve difficult to evade or subvert and provide a better window into an applicant’s history of drug use.”

Overall, a hair test can find five times as many users compared to laboratory based urine testing programs. However, let’s see how this turns out. Many companies believe hair testing offers a better picture of an employee’s history of drug use.

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