Prohibited Drugs for Truck Drivers

People are pulled over and arrested for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol every day, and the last thing you want is for this to happen to one of your drivers. You can’t take drugs like amphetamines, marijuana, or non-prescribed medications if you are a commercial driver, even when you aren’t on the job. Continue reading for a closer look at the prohibited drugs for truck drivers.


People use various forms of amphetamines for all different reasons, but truck drivers have been known to use them in order to stay awake during long trips. Using amphetamines like this is not only illegal but also extremely dangerous for truck drivers in particular. Amphetamines can change your mindset and behavior, which can present hazardous situations on the road. Consistent use of amphetamines can also affect a person’s personality and lead to a host of personal problems.


While marijuana is legal in certain states for recreational use and in many states for medical treatment, the active ingredient is still mind-altering. Marijuana can delay your reaction time and compromise your attention, both of which are important elements for people who spend a significant amount of their time on the road.

Non-Prescribed Narcotics

In some cases, drivers need certain types of medications in order to alleviate symptoms of an injury, but they can only take them if they have a prescription and when they are not about to get behind the wheel of a big rig. It’s always a good idea to talk to your supervisor and let him or her know about your situation, and you should also talk to your doctor about your medication options.

For more on the drugs that truck drivers are not allowed to take, consult the team of professionals at HDS Safety Services. We are happy to do our part in keeping your workforce safe, productive, and comfortable. Feel free to give us a call at (520) 622-0419 to find out how we can help you.