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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 IssueStatusComments
Instant or POCT TestingRestrictedFor pre-employment only, non-negative results must be confirmed at Laboratory
Drug PanelsSee Comments5 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.
LaboratoryCertification requiredCertified by SAMHSA or approved by CAP
Medical Review OfficerRequired
Random TestingPermitted
Reasonable SuspicionRequired
Oral FluidsNo restrictions
Hair TestingNo restrictions
Unemployment DenialYes34-8-194. Grounds for disqualification of benefits u2013 must follow Georgia Drug Free Workplace Program
Workers Comp DiscountYes7.5% discount
Intoxication DefenseYesGeorgia HB 1505
Medical MarijuanaNoOn March 15, 2015, Georgia Legislature authorized the use of Cannabidiol (CBD) under strict guidelines.
Recreational MarijuanaNoComments
Report Driver DOT PositivesNo
General StatuteVoluntary Drug Free Workplace Act

Voluntary Drug Free Workplace Act –Application for Workers Comp Discount


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