Two Amtrak maintenance workers were using opioids or cocaine when they were struck and killed south of Philadelphia last year by a passenger train whose engineer had marijuana in his system, according to federal officials.
The revelation and the nationwide opioid epidemic led House Democrats on Tuesday to ask Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao to require transportation industry workers — truck drivers, bus drivers and railroad operators — to be tested for four prescription opioids.
Transportation workers are governed by testing protocols established in 1989 to check for substances such as marijuana, cocaine and phencyclidine (PCP).
“Yet we are in the midst of a prescription opioid crisis in America,” said the letter signed by seven Democratic members of the House Transportation Committee: Reps. Peter A. DeFazio (Ore.), Rick Larsen (Wash.), Michael E. Capuano (Mass.), Grace F. Napolitano (Calif.), John Garamendi (Calif.), Henry C. Johnson (Ga.) and D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton.
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