Some airline pilots not tested for commonly abused drugs
NBC Boston - 03/30/2017
Doctor David Benjamin, a Northeastern University toxicologist, also expressed concern, “I’d call this an ostrich problem with the government putting their head in the sand.”
The FAA initially told NBC Boston the agency requires airlines to test their pilots and “…yes, a drug like Fentanyl would be detected.” The NBC Boston Investigators dug deeper and the FAA later admitted that under US Department of Transportation regulations, the agency does not require testing for synthetic painkillers like fentanyl and oxycodone.
Doctor Benjamin said these drugs can cause massive safety issues, “you don’t want a pilot who has to look down the runway and figure out when to bring the plane down at 140 miles per hour to have mental clouding.”