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Nearly 41,000 Truck Drivers Tested Positive for Cannabis Last Year

Many have not completed the process for getting back on the road.

Almost 41,000 truck drivers tested positive for cannabis last year, up 32 percent over 2021, according to Transport Topics.

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Drivers who test positive for cannabis or other illicit drugs are barred from driving and have to go through a process to get back on the road.

Many of those drivers who failed drug tests have not enrolled in “return-to-work” programs.

According to the report, 166,000 drivers have failed tests as of January 4 and 91,000 of them have not enrolled in the “return-to-work” progress.

Only about 46,000 have completed the process.

Jeff Short, vice president at the American Transportation Research Institute, speculated that a strong job market could be responsible for drivers not applying to return.

“...It may just be easier — instead of going through that [return-to-work] process — to go to a place where testing might not be required or where it’s simply not as strict,” he said.

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