Workplace Drug Testing Issues – Georgia State Laws
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
|Drug Testing Issue||Status||Comments|
|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 u2013 Methaqualone.|
|Laboratory||Certification required||Certified by SAMHSA or approved by CAP|
|Medical Review Officer||Required|
|Oral Fluids||No restrictions|
|Hair Testing||No restrictions|
|Unemployment Denial||Yes||34-8-194. Grounds for disqualification of benefits u2013 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.|
|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