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 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

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