Feds looking for more druggies, try to mandate random hair follicle testing of truckers
By Martin Hill
LibertyFight.com
November 4, 2013


Urine testing is inadequate to determine drug use, according to a U.S. Congressman and Senator who have introduced 'The Drug Free Commercial Trucking Act of 2013' companion bills which would allow the random testing of hair follicles for commercial truck drivers.

Senators Mark Pryor (D. AR) and John Boozman (R. AR) introduced S. 1625, "to recognize hair as an alternative specimen for pre-employment and random controlled substances testing of commercial motor vehicle drivers and for other purposes." The bill, introduced on October 30, was referred to the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee. The two Senators claim that they will "improve the safety of Arkansas's roads and highways by eliminating a hurdle in the commercial trucking industry's pre-employment drug screening process."

Congressman Rick Crawford of Arkansas introduced a complementary bill, H.R. 3403, in the House of Representatives. Information can be found at thomas.loc.gov. If passed, the bill will "allow motor carriers to use hair testing as a method of detecting the use of controlled substances by operators of commercial motor vehicles, and for other purposes." The four Cosponsors are Reps Tom Cotton, Tim Griffin, Reid Ribble, and Steve Womack.

Senator Pryor's press release stated, in part,

"Under current procedures in the commercial trucking industry, urinalysis is the only accepted method of drug and alcohol testing. Unfortunately, urinalysis is often less effective in detecting substance abuse, with only a 2-3 day window of detection, than hair testing, which provides a 60-90 day window. For example, from March 2008-June 2012, Schneider National's pre-employment drug testing data found 120 prospective drivers failed the urine test, while 1,400 applicants had drug-positive hair test results. This discrepancy is causing many trucking companies to take on additional costs by paying for both methods of testing. The Drug Free Commercial Trucking Act of 2013 would instruct the U.S. Department of Transportation to recognize hair testing as alternative option to give companies greater flexibility when conducting drug and alcohol testing.
"...Advanced uniform drug testing requirements for trucking companies will help cut costs, spur economic growth and improve safety on our roads,” Boozman said. "Hiring drivers who lead a drug-free lifestyle is good for the industry and other drivers who share the roads. It makes sense to have the most accurate drug tests available and the ability to share those results among the industry. This bill is a win-win situation for the trucking industry, law enforcement, and the safety of Arkansas families. By keeping drug addicted drivers from behind the wheel of rigs across the country, we can reduce liability costs while preventing accidents to keep our roads and highways safer..."
In reality, hair follicle testing is far from "the most accurate drugs test," according to the government itself, which currently does not allow the Department of Transportation to use hair tests. There are many additional sources casting doubt on the reliability and appropriateness of hair testing.


Dr. Edward J. Cone, PH.D. served as the Acting Chief of the Clinical Pharmacology Branch, Intramural Research Program, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), (one of the research Institutes of the National Institutes of Health). He testified before Congress on the matter, explaining:
"The use of hair as a biological material for drug testing has received much attention over the last decade. While the technology of hair testing has progressed rapidly, there remain several highly controversial aspects of hair testing yet to be worked out. First and probably foremost, it is unclear how drugs enter hair... The possibility of drug entry from sweat and/or the environment are particularly troubling since this allows the possibility of false positives if an individual's hair absorbs drugs from the environment or from another person's drug-laden sweat. Another controversial issue in hair analysis is the interpretation of dose and time relationships. Although it has been generally assumed that segmental analysis of hair provides a record of drug usage, studies with labeled cocaine have not supported this interpretation. At best, only limited dose and time relationships were found. Other controversial issues that remain unresolved are the possibility of bias based on hair color and texture, appropriate means of differentiating drug users' hair from environmentally contaminated hair, appropriate applications of hair testing and the feasibility of hair testing for marijuana usage.
"Despite the controversial nature of some aspects of hair testing, this technique is being used on an increasingly broad scale in a variety of circumstances. In addition, the time record of drug use available from hair is considerably longer than any other biological materials currently being employed for drug testing... A potential disadvantage of hair analysis would be its inability to detect recent drug usage because of slow growth rate. However, this has not been thoroughly investigated. Recent evidence suggests that drug excretion in sweat is an important route of drug entry into the hair. This allows for the possibility that drug could appear in the hair within hours of drug administration."

Hair tests are several times more expensive than urine tests and test positive more than twice as often as a urine tests. Erowid.org notes "cocaine, although very easy to detect, is able to migrate along the shaft; making it very difficult to determine when the drug was used and for how long... Hair/follicle tests as of 2011 are able to detect use for months (sometimes more than a year) after use."

Cannabisnews.com reports

"There's little doubt that hair testing can catch more drug users than urine testing. Out of more than 700 job applicants, one company found 2.7 percent positives with urinalysis tests. When hair tests were used on the same group, 18 percent came up positive. As hair testing makes more inroads, there are worries that it may sometimes point the finger at innocent people, such as children of drug abusers or police working narcotics details, who may be exposed to drugs without taking them. A scientist with the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington said he's found that hair tests on young children of cocaine-using moms often come up positive. He speculates that small traces of the drug get onto the children's fingers or those of the mother and finds its way inside their hair follicles via perspiration. Another concern is that drug traces might last longer in thick, dark hair. "Black hair seems to accumulate far more cocaine than light-brown or blond hair," said Edward J. Cone of the National Institute on Drug Abuse. There's a "good possibility," he said, that "ethnic groups with dark hair are going to test positive for the drug more often." "Hair testing may turn out to have a complementary role in workplace testing," said Robert Stevenson, deputy director of the Workplace Programs Division of the federal Center for Substance Abuse Prevention."But we have yet to resolve remaining questions about its fairness and the ability to interpret results consistently."

The ACLU and Drug Policy Alliance have outlined that hair testing is:

"Expensive; Cannot detect alcohol use; Will not detect very recent drug use; The test is discriminatory: darkhaired people are more likely to test positive than blondes, and African Americans are more likely to test positive than Caucasians; Passive exposure to drugs in the environment, especially those that are smoked, may lead to false positive results; Students can outsmart the drug test. Students who fear being caught by a drug test may find ways to cheat the test, often by purchasing products on the Internet. A quick Internet search for "pass drug test" yields nearly four million hits, linking students to websites selling drug-free replacement urine, herbal detoxifiers, hair follicle shampoo and other products designed to beat drug tests. Students may also try dangerous home remedies. The president of the school board for Guymon, Oklahoma, described a frantic parent who had caught her daughter drinking bleach; the district's drug testing program was subsequently abandoned. In one Louisiana school district, students who were facing a hair test shaved their heads and body hair, making a mockery of the drug testing program."
The ACLU also notes "Students learn that they are guilty until proven innocent. Students are taught that under the U.S. Constitution people are presumed innocent until proven guilty and have a reasonable expectation of privacy. Random drug testing undermines both lessons; students are assumed guilty until they can produce a clean urine sample with no regard for their privacy rights."


The Chicago Tribune reported "Though drug testing using hair samples has been done for decades, its accuracy has been in dispute. The National Institute on Drug Abuse and the Food and Drug Administration have characterized such tests as unreliable...Dr. Peter Orris, the director of the Occupational Health Services Institute at the University of Illinois at Chicago's School of Public Health, agreed that hair testing can be flawed. He said urine tests are more reliable."

Yahoo answers notes "Hair labs can detect just trace amounts of drug metabolites. You are not going to be able to find any hair detoxification product that can be guaranteed to work 100% of the time. Do not waste your time looking because it does not exist. See if you can find a product called Precision Cleanse or Afterburner. Both are hair detoxification products and not masking agents. Neither guarantees a 100% pass but success results are about 90%. And, it doesn't come cheap. Plan on spending between $140 - $190, depending on length of your hair."

The feds have recently passed more restrictive rules mandating breaks for truckers even though they violate the rules they already have. A newly proposed House bill will reverse the recently passed FMCSA rules, which are viewed as destructive and unnecessary to the industry. On Twitter, Pryor remarked that his new hair follicle bill would "give trucking biz certainty to expand & secure safety of roads." In reality, the ever-expanding 'homeland security state' has not made Americans more safe at all, and neither will intrusive and unnecessary laws such as this one.

Intro bill w @JohnBoozman @RepRickCrawford to give trucking biz certainty to expand & secure safety of roads. Read: http://t.co/MZRyWSvJj7

— Senator Mark Pryor (@SenMarkPryor) October 31, 2013


Martin Hill is a Catholic paleoconservative and civil rights advocate. His work has been featured in the Los Angeles Daily News, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, The Orange County Register, KNBC4 TV Los Angeles, The Press Enterprise, LewRockwell.com, WhatReallyHappened.com, Infowars.com, PrisonPlanet.com, Economic Policy Journal, FreedomsPhoenix, Haaretz, TMZ, Veterans Today, Jonathan Turley blog, The Dr. Katherine Albrecht Show, National Motorists Association, RomanCatholicReport.com, AmericanFreePress.net, WorldNetDaily, OverdriveOnline.com, Educate-Yourself.org, Dr. Kevin Barrett's Truth Jihad radio show, Strike-The-Root.com, ActivistPost.com, Los Angeles Catholic Lay Mission Newspaper, KFI AM 640, IamtheWitness.com, Redlands Daily Facts, BlackBoxVoting, The Michael Badnarik Show, The Wayne Madsen Report, Devvy.com, Rense.com, The Contra Costa Times, Pasadena Star News, Silicon Valley Mercury News, Long Beach Press Telegram, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, L.A. Harbor Daily Breeze, CopBlock.org, DavidIcke.com, Whittier Daily News, KCLA FM Hollywood, The Fullerton Observer, Antiwar.com, From The Trenches World Report, and many others. Archives can be found at LibertyFight.com and DontWakeMeUp.Org.


FAIR USE NOTICE: The above may be copyrighted material, and the use of it on LibertyFight.com may not have been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. Such material is made available on a non-profit basis for educational and discussion purposes only. We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in 17 USC S. 107. For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use', you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.


RECENT ARTICLES:

You may contact me here.

DHS Agent reportedly shot himself, launching military siege as DHS feds assisted local police in finding parole violators

ADL's "Worst of the Worst" Groups Respond to Inclusion On Top Ten Anti-Israel List

School kid Grabs Cop's AR-15 & Shoots It During Police Safety Demonstration

Brainwashed Americans: Contention at the American Dinner Table, Regime vs. Liberty

Beware, Big Pharma can kill your pet too 10/22/13

Female confidant threatens civil suit after "Bernard Kerik and his evil-doer thug friends" 'destroyed her life' October 20, 2013

Historical details reemerge: U.S. Government supplied 10 Million rounds of ammo, 10,000 Enfield Rifles, military planes & tanks to Slaughter tens of thousands of Catholic Freedom Fighters October 17, 2013

Los Angeles Traffic Court giving nearly one year extensions due to furloughs October 15, 2013

U.S. Dept of Defense Googling "how many people have registered their gun under the ny safe act"
Slothful Feds Surfing the internet, surveilling WhatReallyHappened.com during Government "Shutdown" October 5, 2013, 2013

Sister of slain D.C. driver, retired NYPD sergeant, responds to her sister's death

As Police Tactics Questioned, 'Threat of Terrorism' and 9/11 used to justify Miriam Carey's Death

When the U.S. government supplied ammo & military planes to kill thousands of Catholics September 18, 2013

Ron Paul ignores pressure from Zionists, keeps scheduled speech to group at alleged 'Anti-Semitic Conference' September 4, 2013

J.P. Morgan war propagandists plot to control the media: U.S. Congressional Record, 1917 August 30, 2013

Rand Paul on Israeli groups: "I visit with them daily" August 13, 2013

Outrage: Pervert TX Trooper who raped women on roadside re-hired by TX DPS, even though she has additional cases pending 8/11/13

Not An Isolated Incident: Texas Troopers caught regularly conducting illegal searches, raping women 8/9/13

200,000 RFID-chipped patrons enjoy slave-training at Zionist-run Lollapalooza in Chi-town
Condom ads, police state tactics, illegal drug use, & religious desecration featured at smarmy pop-culture gathering

Infowars compares baby-killers to "holocaust deniers"

Coast to Coast "pulls it"- cancels scheduled conspiracy show after Dr. Kevin Barrett query August 2, 2013 [Featured on Veterans Today.]

Why People don't file complaints against police civil rights violations July 28, 2013 [Featured on WhatReallyHappened.com.]

LAPD tells residents: Ditch your guns, Get a dog & take a YMCA class instead July 22, 2013

Obama White House: "The Second Amendment gives citizens the right to bear arms." July 22, 2013

U.S. Government funding the very groups who are killing Christians July 14, 2013
Top Catholic Patriarch on record saying that Western Nations "bear responsibility for what is happening in Syria"

Neocon Glenn Beck calls for celebrating Ramadan by shooting all Guantanamo prisoners in the head July 12, 2013

LibertyFight article launches viral worldwide coverage of DHS breaking driver's car window 7/12/13

DHS at Internal Checkpoint breaks drivers' window, seizes all his stuff and doesn't charge him with anything 7/10/13

In civil rights lawsuit, police admit "The passenger is under no obligation to comply with request" for ID

Calif. govt. spied on cell phone users, recording age, gender, race, passengers, & more

Disneyland "cops" writing citations to kids in subtle subservience conditioning program

As Press Fades, L.A. Motorists Start Paying Red-light Camera Tickets Again (Even Though They Don't Have To.)

This is what happens when a big rig driver falls asleep: Exclusive video and photos of wreckage - Massive July 4th Crash: Demolished Vehicles, Avocados Everywhere

Martin Hill's DontWakeMeUp.org Featured in Major Trucking Magazine:
Team driver to law enforcement: 'Don't wake me up'

U.S. Dept. of Justice admonishes Los Angeles Sheriff for numerous Constitutional Violations 7/2/13

Fatigued Truckers Killing Troopers Everywhere as Insane Cops Continue to Revel In Waking Up Off-Duty Sleeping Drivers

California Motorist beats 5th Seat-Belt Ticket Through the Mail With New Federal 'Rest Rules' Taking Effect July 1st, Feds questioned on why they already violate existing rules 6/18/13
Letter to Feds on Driver Fatigue and following their own rules


Florida Highway Patrol Spokesman claims right to violate 4th Amendment

Psycho TX cop warns TV News of 'fatigued truckers' after defending cops who woke up sleeping trucker

People turn in their guns to police in exschange for groceries (Video interviews- must see)

Internal Documents in TX Trooper lawsuit: Cops admit "the passenger is under no obligation to comply with request" for ID

Jews Suing Jimmy Carter over Palestine book represented by 'Dancing Israelis' Lawyer 5/29/13 [I was on Dr. Kevin Barrett's show May 29th discussing this article and related issues. The MP3 can be downloaded/heard here. 2nd hour.]

Catastrophic Bridge Collapse reveals importance of sleep for Truckers as NTSB investigates sleep records

Martin Hill & LibertyFight.com Featured in HAARETZ, Israel's oldest and most influencial newspaper

CHP 'CHEATERS' Program Urges Californians to Snitch and Rat Out Their Neighbors

9/11 Widow & lawyer sanctioned for motions which "reflect anti-Semitism in a raw and ugly form.": LibertyFight.com has obtained an exclusive copy of the court decision against 9/11 widow.

Jane's Addiction/Lollapalooza frontman Perry Farrell confronted on Bin Laden, 9/11 by pro-Palestinian 9/11 truther: Grotesque mock baby-murder ritual plays out on stage while Zionist Farrell sings

George Zimmerman lawyers will report "negative, hate or prejudice-based" web content to "proper authorities"

Holocaust Revisionist David Cole resurfaces 15 years later as GOP Darling 'David Stein'

Consumer Choice: A few Chewing Gums Without Aspartame Are Still Available


U.S. Dept of Defense googling 'Bishop Richard Williamson Boston Bombings' 5/21/13 [Featured on WhatReallyHappened.com , SecretsOfTheFed.com , redicecreations.]

AB 666, 'The Devil's Bill' Defeated in California [Featured on rattlereport.com , WhatReallyHappened.com.]

9/11 Widow & lawyer sanctioned for motions which "reflect anti-Semitism in a raw and ugly form." 5/18/13
LibertyFight.com has obtained an exclusive copy of the court decision against 9/11 widow. [Featured on WhatReallyHappened.com , IamTheWitness.com , RomanCatholicReport.com , Veterans Today , MarianiLawsuit , therebel.org , lunaticoutpost.com , dublinsmick's ,Stewwebb.com , Peoples Trust Toronto , grizzom blog.]

15-year-old girl learns the truth about the holohoax, submits a report and gets an A May 17, 2013

Highest Ranking Catholic Patriarch condemns lies and hypocrisy of the U.S. in Syria May 15, 2013

City which warned "lock your doors and load your guns" to hold massive gun buyback program to disarm residents
Protest 'Gun Buyback' Programs, slated across Southern California on June 1st

Bishop Richard Williamson: "Boston Bombing Was Another False Flag, Only The People Waking Up Could Possibly Save America." May 14, 2013 [Featured on DavidIcke.com , truthjihad.com , factsnotfairies , Veterans Today , 2012indyinfo , Patriot Gun Shop , beforeitsnews.com , peoples trust toronto , WhatReallyHappened.com , The Aussie Digger , revolutionradio.org , TheInfoUnderground.com , z10.invisionfree.com , truth11.com.]

As Press Fades, L.A. Motorists Start Paying Red-light Camera Tickets Again (Even Though They Don't Have To.) May 13, 2013

'Advanced Close-Range Gunfighting' CEO responds to query on Gilkerson (AK47 wielding cop-shooter) May 10, 2010

Man Who Open-Fired On Cops With AK-47 Had "Resistance To Tyranny" Book In Car 5/5/13
Ron Paul, JPFO, "Tryanny Response Teams" lauded in book

TX Senator on Gun-Toting Vet's Arrest: "Stories like these are why I filed SB897" 5/2/13 [Featured on WhayReallyHappened.com.]


Bill protecting those who film police moves through TX Legislature 5/1/13 [Featured on WhatReallyHappened.com.]

Feds Re-Indict 65 year-old delusional man accused of plotting to kill abortion doctors [Featured on WhatReallyHappened.com , topix.com , infopig.com , bignewsnetwork.com , shovelcity blog , Progressive Democrats of America , OpEdNews.com , realclearliberty.com , scaruffi blog , marketfreedom.com. The FBI has also visited this article.]

Corporate dinosaur media copying independent grassroots blogs verbatim 4/27/13
CBS2 visits & copycats month old LibertyFight.com article on cell tower controversy [Featured on WhatReallyHappened.com.]

NY Police Commissioner Ray Kelly on Boston Bombings: "All Terrorism Is Theater" 4/27/13 [Featured on WhatReallyHappened.com , Conspiracy Theory Today , curezone.com , Salon Esoterica.]

A visit to the Chris Dorner Big Bear Hideout: Retracing the final steps from burnt-out truck to mountain condo 4/25/13 [Featured on WhatReallyHappened.com.]

NOTE: Visit our new website DontWakeMeUp.Org - Trucker's Civil Rights for more information on the Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit filed against the Texas Troopers for illegally demanding ID. You can also join the mailing list for updates.


Cop at Suspicionless Checkpoint Starts Barking Orders, But Then Flees from Camera
Creepy DHS Supervisor tries to open vehicle door when motorist asks officer's name 4-17-13 [Featured on WhatReallyHappened, Economic Policy Journal, LewRockwell.com , RomanCatholicReport.com , battlefourtimes, and many others.]

DontWakeMeUp.Org Launched As Civil Rights Lawsuit Proceeds Against Texas Troopers
Trooper facing civil suit denies threatening motorist with arrest, despite being recorded 4-16-13 [Featured on WhatReallyHappened.com.]

You may contact me here.

Who says you can trust the government? NYPD lists police killed by 9/11 environmental toxins April 7, 2013 [Featured on RomanCatholicReport.com and WhatReallyHappened.com.]
In the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, the U.S. government falsely assured police and rescue workers that the environment was completely safe.

Stockton is bankrupt, but their police continue trying to stop people from filming in public April 2, 2013
Cop Attempts to stop person from filming on public street [Featured on WhatReallyHappened.com , Red Pill News and Seznam novinek.]

Oppressing the poor and defrauding a laborer of his just wages: "sins that cry out to Heaven for vengeance" April 1, 2013
Also, Pope St. Leo I condemns "unrighteous and shameless avarice," and explains that "usury of money is the death of the soul." [Featured on WhatReallyHappened.com.]

Easter 1939: Father Charles E. Coughlin warns of the war propagandists, their system of financial control & their evil "blood business" [Featured on RomanCatholicReport.com , WhatReallyHappened.com , Republic Broadcasting Network, Fourwinds10.net , cottage-two , rustymetals.com , usapartisan, & scoop.it.]

Man who hit cop in self-defense is acquitted, with help of friend's video footage March 28, 2013 [Featured on educate-yourself.org , WhatReallyHappened.com and strike-the-root.com.]

Despite protests and risks, San Bernardino, CA Catholic Archdiocese plans cellphone tower at kids school for profit March 27, 2013

CA introduces "AB 666", an evil scheme to fleece motorists and eviscerate their rights 3/25/13 [Featured on WhatReallyHappened.com , Rense.com, Economic Policy Journal , and RomanCatholicReport.com.]

Obnoxious CHP cop tries to make people stop filming him 3/24/13

Lunatic CHP cops go berzerk as female motorist successfully demands her rights under CA Vehicle code 3/22/13 [Featured on WhatReallyHappened.com , Economic Policy Journal, From the Trenches World Report , The Daily Paul (most popular of the day), Fourwinds10.net, and TheLibertyCaucus.com.]

Why I wasn't going to allow the squirly Walmart Guard to demand my receipt 3/20/13

Remember the guy who called George H. W. Bush a murderous, Zionist, peice of $h!t at a Houston Pizza place in 2010? This story is about him and what he's been up to lately:
Jane's Addiction/Lollapalooza frontman Perry Farrell confronted on Bin Laden, 9/11 by pro-Palestinian 9/11 truther March 18, 2013 [Featured on Veterans Today and Roman Catholic Report.]

Ron Paul officially promotes his Israeli-smitten son Randy for President 2016 March 11, 2013

NO, Obamacare does not include any provision for RFID microchipping March 3, 2013 [Featured on the Dr. Katherine Albrecht Show.]

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly blatantly lies about past NY gun confiscation on national radio January 20, 2013 [Featured on WhatReallyHappened.com and Republic Broadcasting Network.] [NYPD, The City of New York, The New York State Senate, and countless other spook/govt agencies have visited this article numerous times.]


INFORMATION ON 'TEXAS-ISRAEL DAY':


Internal Documents in TX Trooper lawsuit: Cops admit "the passenger is under no obligation to comply with request" for ID

Catastrophic Bridge Collapse in Washington State reveals importance of sleep for Truckers as NTSB investigates the sleep records of driver
This story illustrates the perfect reason why psycho pig cops must obey the law and not illegally disturb motorists.

4/17/13: DontWakeMeUp.Org goes viral immediately after public launch: People from across the world along with Corporations, Universities, Law Firms, as well as State and Federal government agencies have visited DontWakeMeUp.Org since our release on Tuesday, April 16th. We will have an "our visitors" page outlining the government visitors soon.
Cop at Suspicionless Checkpoint Starts Barking Orders, But Then Flees from Camera (4/17/13)
Creepy DHS Supervisor tries to open vehicle door when motorist asks officer's name [Featured on LewRockwell.com , Economic Policy Journal , WhatReallyHappened, RomanCatholicReport.com , battlefourtimes, gunnyg , U.S. Constitutional Free Press , Flyover Press , Freedom Watch, Sodahead, and many others.]

4/16/13: WOKEN UP AGAIN! The irony of, on the very day I launch my new website DontWakMeUp.Org, it happens. Again. Today. UNREAL. Watch how these lunatics change course the second they see the camera. Keep your cameras ready, folks! The article and video can be seen here.


April 16, 2013: DontWakeMeUp.Org Launched As Civil Rights Lawsuit Proceeds Against Texas Troopers
Trooper facing civil suit denies threatening motorist with arrest, despite being recorded
[Featured on WhatReallyHappened.com.]

Motorist puts police in their place at suspicionless internal checkpoint December 2, 2012
[Must see video- Featured on PrisonPlanet.com].

How I Beat A Cell Phone Ticket In California

Cell phone ban does not reduce accidents: California revenue scheme exposed as complete fraud