Earlier this year, the TTC announced it would be implementing a new random drug and alcohol testing program.
Throughout the summer, the TTC reported several incidents of employees failing the tests, including one driver in June. And now, the transit agency has revealed a breakdown of the testing results from May 8 to August 27.
In the report, the TTC shows 21 failed tests, for a total of 2.7% non-compliant results. The report notes that there are also currently 16 drug test results that have yet to be reported, and are still undergoing lab analysis.
The majority of failures were due to drugs, followed by alcohol. Marijuana was the most prominent drug in the analysis, followed by cocaine. There were also individual cases of Oxycodone and Opiates use.
While the report shows an overall number, there is no clear indication of what these TTC staff were doing when caught under the influence. It was confirmed that one of the alcohol failures was a driver, who was suspended pending a disciplinary review.
The TTC is only advised of pass/fail for drug tests, though they say that a medical review officer does make efforts to review positive drug test results with the employee first before the TTC is advised of the result.
The testing is part of the TTC’s fitness for duty policy to improve the safety of its workplace, its customers and all Toronto road users, according to the TTC.