Amtrak Overlooks Substance Abuse

Next stop: rehab? A new internal audit by Amtrak’s Office of Inspector General alleges that the nation’s largest passenger rail carrier has been overlooking an alarming rise in drug and alcohol use by its employees. The company’s employees failed drug and alcohol tests at a rate 51 percent higher than the national average, a number that has been steadily climbing since 2006. The report concludes that these numbers “raise serious questions about Amtrak’s commitment to controlling drug and alcohol use.”