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The Wall Street Journal: Regulator warns of rising drug use among U.S. railroad workers

U.S. railroad regulators are sounding the alarm over a rise in illicit drug use as they push for expanded testing of workers responsible for moving people and cargo safely.

The percentage of rail workers who tested positive in random drug tests rose to 0.53% last year from 0.37% in 2014, a sharp increase after five years of steady rates, according to data the Federal Railroad Administration shared with The Wall Street Journal.

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Eight workers also have tested positive after accidents so far this year, up from four workers in all of 2015, the highest rate since testing began in 1987.

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