On December 23, 2022, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) released its Random Testing Rates for 2023.
As outlined in a previous post, early studies during the COVID-19 pandemic showed substance use increasing as a result of stress, anxiety/depression and boredom. While we can’t yet determine the full impact of COVID on substance use, available data continues to show an alarming increase in usage and overdose deaths.
During its first year of implementation, over 56,000 drug and alcohol violations were reported to the FMCSA Clearinghouse. Of the reported violations, 82% were for positive drug tests. This data and other statistics published in the Clearinghouse’s 2020 final summary report, reinforces the importance of the Clearinghouse for roadway safety.