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Workplace drug testing issues – State Laws – Georgia

These categories do not affect DOT regulated drug testing. Government employers should always call for potential additional restrictions on employee drug testing.

The chart below applies to the Georgia Voluntary Drug Free Workplace Act

Workplace Drug Testing Laws in Georgia

Instant or POCT Testing

Restricted

For pre-employment only, non-negative results must be confirmed at Laboratory

Drug Panels

See Comments

5 or 10 panel - AMP-Amphetamines (including MAMP-Methamphetamine, MDMA-Ecstasy); COC-Cocaine: OPI-Opiates (including codeine, morphine and heroin); PCP-Phencyclidine; THC-Marijuana; BZO-Benzodiazepines BAR-Barbiturates; MTD-Methadone; PPX-Propoxyphene; and Meth – Methaqualone.

Laboratory

Certification required

Certified by SAMHSA or approved by CAP

Medical Review Officer

Required

Random Testing

Permitted

Post-Accident

Required

Reasonable Suspicion

Required

Oral Fluids

No restrictions

Hair Testing

No restrictions

Unemployment Denial

Yes

34-8-194. Grounds for disqualification of benefits – must follow Georgia Drug Free Workplace Program

Workers Comp Discount

Yes

7.5% discount

Intoxication Defense

Yes

Georgia HB 1505

Medical Marijuana

No

On March 15, 2015, Georgia Legislature authorized the use of Cannabidiol (CBD) under strict guidelines.

Recreational Marijuana

No

Comments

Report Driver DOT Positives

No

General Statute

Voluntary Drug Free Workplace Act

Voluntary Drug Free Workplace Act –Application for Workers Comp Discount

ARTICLE 11 - DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE PROGRAM

Unemployment Denial for positive drug test or refusal to test - § 34-8-194 - Grounds for disqualification of benefits

Intoxication Defense – Denial of Workers Compensation Claim - § 34-9-17 - Grounds for denial of compensation

This chart is intended for informational purposes only and should not be relied upon for legal guidance. State and local law varies greatly; therefore, you are advised to consult experienced legal counsel during the development or edit of your actual substance abuse testing program and with any questions that follow.

Georgia State Law