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Report: Amtrak fails to spot drug and alcohol use among employees

An Amtrak train conductor.
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Amtrak has failed to stop and spot hundreds of its employees, including the most "safety-sensitive" workers, for drug and alcohol use as required by federal regulations, according to a new report released Thursday by the passenger train system’s inspector general, per the WSJ.

Details: The company vowed to tighten its screening processes following a deadly crash in 2016. But the inspector general’s report stated: "Maintaining an effective drug and alcohol program has been a longstanding challenge for the company." Records and anonymous medical claims data was evaluated for nearly 6,200 safety-sensitive workers from 2014–2016.

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