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Greetings all, I have a question about my specific situation and becoming a truck driver.

I’ve spent the last few weeks doing research on the process for getting hired on as a new driver and have learned a lot, but in all my Googling I’m coming up a bit short on this issue.

I am currently taking buprenorphine for an addiction problem that I had. I have been on the drug for 4 years and have started tapering off as the likelihood for passing the DOT physical while being on an opioid (even a partial agonist like bueprenorphine/suboxone) is slim based on my research.

Even if the doctor agreed that I was side effect free and passed me, it seems that companies do their own physical after the fact and would likely not accept me based on that. After 4 years it’s time I come off the medication anyway so that is fine. It was ultimately my goal anyway.

My main question is as follows: Will a past history of substance abuse prevent me from passing the DOT physical? I have been clean and sober for over 4 years now, no alcohol, no drugs of any sort other than what is prescribed to me. I went through a well respected rehab program at the beginning of those 4 years as well. I have no criminal history and have never received so much as a speeding ticket at 32 years old either.

Based on that information does anyone know if this is going to be a major roadblock for me?

Thank you very much for your help.

 

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