Can I be fired for being prescibed Suboxone while operating a truck

by Dave Nick
(Ontario)

I was an oxycontin addict for about 2 years and some how never got caught using. Currently i have decided to get help and i have been on suboxone for about 2 weeks. I am covered by green sheid but i am worried that they will send something to my emploer and they will find out that i was an addict before and am now on suboxone. I live in ontario and i can not cross the borded because of a criminal record and that is why i have never been drug tested. Do i have anything to worry about?

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Nov 01, 2017
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Dot physicals NEW
by: Anonymous

Suboxone IS NOT a methadone equivalent! Methadone is an opiod. Suboxone has an blocker in it. I have been on it for 1 year and never once had any "high" affects like I did on methadone. I can't stand when people say methadone is the same you clearly don't know what your talking about . So let's let people drive on heroin but not suboxone when this medication is what's keeping people alive and clean.also if bring prescribed from a licensed doctor it should absolutely be aloud , instead of listening to doctors thoughts ask people that take the medication it does not impaire your driving at all !!

Sep 27, 2017
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Screwed NEW
by: Anonymousmark

My primary dr put me on suboxone and i said im a cdl drive and he said no prob u CAN DRIVE ON SUBOXONE! So thought nothing of it and had to renew my physical one day and i went to the CLINIC WERE the company sends all of us and i put down that i take suboxone and been living hell since!! Make long story short, i was told i can get a second opinion but so i figured i just go to MY DR but nope they lied to me and said i had to go were they send me which by law they i COULD GO TO MY OWN FOR A SECOND OPINION but instead me not knowing the truth i just did what they said and went to there dr and of course they said no and not only that i had to sighn a pc paper saying i would never take suboxone again! So what i did is i went thru hell and did my new physical and then told dk i need to go back on it even though i went through that and since then every year i must get physical and been lying and cheating to stay on which i shouldnt have to! I got 19 years of safe driving and they say im not safe lol ! Goes to show how much hands on they have! I will get cought if i go to a clinic were the company says i have to go! Every clinic will say no ! So sad what we have come to! I would LOVE FOR ONE DAY ALL CDL HOLDERS IN THE US TO TAKE JUST 3 days off just for starters untill they fix this problem that they care less about! Drs gladly refill your meds every month to keep u coming back and now they make even more if your on suboxone so now they love u on that BUT look what it caused and we got short end of stick! Whats it gunna take to get this fixed ! Someone with 5 kids to lose his job because of these safe meds to shoot a bunch of people then turn it on himself! Ugg

Aug 22, 2017
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driving on subs NEW
by: Anonymous

I DROVE ON SUBS FOR A YR. THE ONLY HITCH, WAS I HAD TO GET MY MED CARD RENEWD EVERY 90 DAYS Than 6 months. After that 1 yr. Not 2. i'm a vet, and the V.A contacted the DOT and was told V.A DRs. would have to sign off on my sub subscription. And keep my bottle on me with the RX NUMBER ON IT WITH MY FULL NAME. WELL i did that, no problem with the weight stations or police. My company seen a monthly pattern of me going to the V.A. YES U GUESSED IT. They let me go. to many reasons to tell u why. Sub's is the only reason, that i can figure. The DOT HASN;T REALLY MADE A comment saying no, but i beleieve they will out law it . I hope not, but i hope they wouldn't fire me and no i didn't get unemployment. flunk a drug test and ur done for five yrs. and have to take drug ed classes to drive again. Don't ask Don't tell. they do test for it . DOT ANYWAY. Sorry for the bad news , u might have a different out come. I hope so.

Aug 17, 2017
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Don't Tell NEW
by: Anonymous

My advice is don't tell them. I have been trying to get a school bus job in KY and I told them now they won't even consider me after I went through all the training and got my CDL on my own and now they say no sorry. I have tried to fight it but they keep putting me off. I got a note from my Dr and everything and still no. So I wouldn't tell them bc u don't have to. Especially if they don't test for it which I didn't know or I wouldn't have said a word. It makes me soooo angry!!

Jun 09, 2017
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Suboxone NEW
by: Anonymous

I am ready to speak to a recruiter, but am absolutely confused on whether or not I should tell him that I take suboxone. I function just fine while taking it. I have no idea what to do. I want to be honest, but if I am I feel I will be unjustly disqualified from getting my dot medical card. Suggestions??

Jun 02, 2017
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Everything is MONITORED NEW
by: Anonymous

Our lives are monitored in everyway possible. CDL,w Hazmat endorsement, & a TRIP CARD. How will I ever get by? I need some slight help with my knees & arms for relief. Aleve is a joke along w/ all of those comic based meds on shelves. I tried a sub of late & couldn't believe the relief. I'm aware of the content. It is another highly stigmatized med along with Methadone. It isn't that strong but we aren't permitted to take it or other.They need to test driver's & watch how competent each driver is w/ their work load vehicles while on Suboxone or Subutex. This doesn't have me asleep at the wheel & I can function at 100%.

Apr 09, 2017
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Suboxone means disqualified NEW
by: Anonymous

DOT medical examiner here. Suboxone is considered an absolute disqualifier. I recommend you work with your primary care provider to discontinue the drug and find treatments to treat your underlying condition that are not disqualifying. This should be done before you go for your certification so plan ahead. Your primary provider cannot write a letter for you to override this disqualifer. Any referrals made to outside providers are for the purpose of helping the DOT examiners make a final decision. It will always be up to the DOT examiners to qualify or not. Some things are not a grey area...suboxone is one of them according to the guidelines and regulations.

Apr 06, 2017
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by: Anonymous

I'm about to take my DOT physical tomorrow! Four years ago I decided that the pain meds I was on was no longer the path I wanted to be on!! I currently have a CDL and need to pass a DOT physical to obtain a new job! I have been on suboxone for three years now to ween off the pain meds! All I know is the stress of taking this test is unbearable and although I know I'm very capable of driving a truck I'm afraid to tell DOT dr about my suboxone use! It's not fair to those of us trying to do the rite thing and be punished for it! Not sure how to approach this exam very scared won't be hired

Feb 24, 2017
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by: Anonymous

That's bs I've been driving for 5 years on suboxone the whole time the new guidelines state you can take a certain dose 8mg a day any other pain med you are disqualified.

Nov 28, 2016
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Agreed not fair
by: Bigthumb

I have had 19 hand operations due to giantism(birth defect). Arthritis set in badly 10 years ago (Im now 50) so doctor put me on 25mg methadone. Has controlled pain for 10 years. Apparenthe then, Methadone in low doses was ok to drive CDL with but not now per FMCS.

Probally 95 drug screens by my company and never came dirty for it so I have thought things were fine. Renewing my medical card is impossible because even switching to Suboxone is not allowed to control pain.

So do I leave a 22 year career and Union to start over in another field? Or endure wicked horrible withdrawals for up to 5 months and then have searing hand pain with probably not being able to work at all?

I believe Im screwed.

Nov 03, 2016
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Subs
by: Anonymous

I went in today for my dot physical and I put down I don't take any meds. When I got called back the nurse said to me your on suboxone. She pulled my record. I had to call my sub Dr and have him fax a paper over stating I'm ok to drive a commercial vehichle.

Your allowed to drive if the prescribing Dr signes you off good to go.

May 14, 2016
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Suboxone DOT Exam
by: Anonymous

Ok, here's a recent experience with Suboxone and a DOT Exam. 100% honest... Last year I was on Suboxone for Arthritis pain. I use to take Vicodin but getting off sucked so the Dr put me on Suboxone.

Turned out, it helped me huge with Arthritis. Last yr, the examiner said I had to get off of it and provide a Dr note stating as such. I did get off of it, and she gave me my Card. 6 months later, I got back on it temporarily until my Dr found another option for the Arthritis.

Well, I JUST had my Exam. I brought the Dr's DOT Medication release and simply told the truth. The examiner was VERY nice, understanding and patient. She told me she would give me an extension on my card, but that I had to come back within 3 mos with a note stating I was off of it.

(The way I see it, that's more than fair.)
You can't be taking Suboxone and be a CDL driver. But, if your honest with the examiner, more than likely they will help you and give you some time to get off of it. She saw by my script that I was in the process of weening off.

Plus, I was honest. You have to be honest and tell them why your on it. Truthfully, not everybody of Suboxone is a hopeless junky. Good people also have a hard time getting off addictive pain meds. But, many people lie about their meds. You will get caught. If you do, an examiner can void your Med Card. Maybe they wont as all Dr's are different.

In my case, I told the truth, I think she knew that. She then made a decision that helped me ween off and get off of it. Meanwhile, protecting her decision. Again, very fair. Im actually very grateful she gave me that chance. If I lied, she probably woundn't have given me the chance. Not every driver out there is honest.

These examiners hear all kinds of BS. Do yourself a favor, get off of it before your re-cert date, or be honest when you go for your physical. You'll be relieved when it's over. Remember, good people have a hard time breaking away from certain meds too.

I know this isn't a answer Suboxone patients may want to hear, but it's an honest answer! You can do it!!!. Just be smart. Be honest, confident and open minded. You'll be amazed how well things can turn out for ya! Take care!!!

Mar 20, 2016
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Suboxone
by: Anonymous

You will have to get your suboxone Doctor to fax a paper to the DOT Doctor of his or her approval for you to drive then your good to go. Becarefull out there drivers.

Feb 26, 2016
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Not fair
by: Anonymous

I've been in pain management for 14years I've tried oxycotan every pain drug percocet ect. I am a CDL A driver. I have severe nerve damage in my back neck and wrist. All the pain meds above did nothing but made me depressed.

My DR put me on methadone and it really works for severe pain 20mgs a day. Know I lost my job of 15yrs.It's not fair. Please change the way you look at METHADONE! Thank you.

Jan 14, 2016
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Being punished for getting my life in order
by: Sad & Confused

I am a school bus driver and have been on suboxone for 2yrs now im takimg as precribed by my doctor...I have never been in a car accident very alert very careful but i took a physical at work and they had me sign a hippa relese form now they know i take suboxone.

The medical examiner stopped me from driving i really feel its un fair because i have gotten my life in order im a productive member of society i am no longer on opites and haven't been in a long time now i feel like im being punished for getting my life together...

Jan 14, 2016
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driving on suboxone
by: Anonymous

I am currently driving on suboxone and my last medical examination my blood pressure was the big issue .

Aug 12, 2015
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Suboxone
by: Anonymous

Suboxone is a Methadone equivalent -

You cannot be qualified on Suboxone -

Nov 07, 2014
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Suboxone
by: Anonymous

Here's the future issue's guys, that are already in affect in some states, some DOT Physical locations...So much for HIPPA Act, or Dr/Patient confidentiality once we enter the DOT world.

Many DOT examiners are now looking at the Prescription registry ( Software program that doctors use to prevent Dr. shopping.) This registry has our history of prescription medications we have filled over the past few years.

So, even though Suboxone doesn't affect driving/motor skills, and will NOT show on a 5 Panel DOT drug test, your script history will show you have had it filled.

If you leave it off the med form as medications taken, you risk loosing your license. If you put it on the med sheet, you risk disqualification.

This med is also used for pain management, but stigma attached to it reflects drug abuse! Sad but true!

Beware..more and more examiners are checking the registry before the step into the office with you. They'll already know what your prescribed before you speak with them! WELCOME to the world of technology!!!

There is no more privacy. That's why drivers are leaving, and less are becoming drivers!!!

Apr 01, 2011
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Trying to get past physical
by: Anonymous

I went for a physical to drive 24 foot box truck and put down the list of meds I was on. I had already taken and pasted the drug test but was honest and put down I was on methadone. They told me to get a note from my physical stating I was capable of driving which I did. I returned with the note and they said oh, you can do that because it states here that no one on methadone can drive a truck.

I have now quit taking the methadone and started taking suboxene, is that a factor in getting past this physical?

I live in North Carolina if it matters...

Sep 03, 2010
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No dirty urine on Suboxine
by: Anonymous

If you are worried about opiates showing up on a drug test with suboxone, don't! They do not show up in urine screens,(I tested clean on 8mg) they may show up in blood tests, but how much money is your company willing to spend on that? There are several web-sites that describe the drug and if you are totally concerned, asked your doc! Also, do not stay on the subs for too long no matter what. They have a loooong wd length with nasty side effects.

Feb 23, 2010
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Doctor perscribed
by: Anonymous

Suboxone is a perscribed medication by a doctor and should not be a problem, G

Aug 18, 2017
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Suboxone is legal to drive cdl with but a catch NEW
by: mark A

I have been on subox for prob good 7 years and when they started letting everyone see our protected by hippa information i was told by a clinic that they wont renew my card because on subox! So thanks to union job i didnt lose my job but was told i had to work on dock until i get off subox and get cdl renewed! So i went to dr who prescribed me the meds and also said i can drive on subox and that he will sighn my card! So i told my employer that and they said we will send u to another one of our drs but u CANT go to yours, so i waited few weeks and went to see they're dr and of course they said no! So im now still going thru withdraw wich i wouldnt wish upon my worst enemy , and then i got my cdl renewed because i had gotten a note from dr that i no longer take it, so was all squared away and started to do my homework, well come to find out i have the right to go to see a diff dr of MY choice if the first dr doesnt agree , as long as i dont try to hide anything! So after reading everything on internet and so many no's and so many yes's i discovered site called truck docs and subox was a big subject and so many people were told if u get a drs note statind y i am on it i am under his care and able to drive a truck then start making calls because there are drs that will sighn your card out there and u may have to travel little ways but its well worth it! So i did make some call and yes i found one that said i feel your pain that u going thru because u can drive on it!! Just come down and we do a phisical !! So i did and my card was renewed BUT IF I lose this job im screwed because wen u go for new job they send u to they're dr for pre employment and they send u to a clinic BUT no clinic will say its ok to b on it!! Maybe because they dont own clinic and owners think they will get sued if a problem so they all say no !! And rite now i dont go to the clinic were my employer sends me, i go to my own certified dr and pay the $75 every year! And by the way to all those drs that say we cant drive on subox , ive been on it for approximately 7 years and been driving a tractor trailer in ith for 22 yrs and never been in an accident and i will take my subox rite in front of u and welcome any dr out there to some sort of driving test competition and lets see who is better !?!?! Bring your wallets to mr no it alls ! Ps thats the shortest i think i could write but i did leave out quite a bit and tried to just fill u all in on short version but to the point! So bottom line u CAN DRIVE cdl on subox but they rather see a shortage of drivers and also see y so many people are addicted to opiots but wont get help because they got to go thru all this and this is the beginning because one u start to go on subox u are now conciderd a scumbag and u must see a dr EVERY 30 days to get a piss test and to get new script even if u havent failed a drug test or did nothing wrong in last ten years because now the drs love the extra money they get every 30 days and especially if you have good coverage !! Seems like just a money thing for drs!! Sad thing is your prob better off not getting help and do what u gotta do until maybe someday we get some people that make the rules that actually know what they doing but gunna b a while! Ty mark

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