Changes to USDOT drug testing guidelines

Sisters & brothers, please be advised that the US Department of Transportation has changed its drug testing rules, and will begin testing for four synthetic opioids in DOT drug tests: oxymorphone, oxycodone, hydrocodone, and hydromorphone. These drugs are legally and validly prescribed to individuals for pain management.

According to Brooke Taylor at TriMet’s Drug & Alcohol Testing Program, “if you test positive for [oxymorphone, oxycodone, hydrocodone, or hydromorphone], then as with any other drug test result that is confirmed by the laboratory, the Medical Review Officer (MRO) will conduct an interview with you to determine if there is a legitimate medical explanation for the result. If you have a valid prescription, you should provide it to the MRO, who will determine if the prescription is valid. If a legitimate medical explanation is established, the MRO will report the result to your employer as a ‘negative.’ If not, the MRO will report the result to your employer as ‘positive.'”

We expect that this process will look about the same for transit workers in every area. If you hold a valid prescription for one of these four drugs, and encounter any issues with your employer as a result of a drug test, please reach out to your officers or the Union Hall (503-232-9144).