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What will happen to me if I violate a DOT drug & alcohol rule?

by Elizabeth Rahamim, LCSW, SAP

Below you will find information taken from the United States Department of Transportation website ( regarding Drug & Alcohol Policy & Compliance ( for DOT employees ( I am a SAP and am available to assist DOT employees in need of evaluation, counseling, prescription & treatment. I am located in Chandler, Arizona and can assist all DOT employees in need of a DOT SAP in Phoenix, Mesa, Tempe, Tucson and surrounding areas.

What will happen to me if I violate a DOT drug & alcohol rule (e.g. test positive, or refuse a test)?

Your employer is required to immediately remove you from performing safety-sensitive functions. You will not be permitted to return to DOT regulated safety-sensitive functions until you have:

You will also be subject to unannounced testing for drugs and/or alcohol for at least 6 times during the first 12 months of active service with the possibility of unannounced testing for up to 60 months (as prescribed by the SAP).

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