Baltimore City to No Longer Test for Drugs, Alcohol in Hiring

The City says it will no longer screen for drugs and alcohol as part of its preemployment policies, a move that it says will increase equity and fill vacancies. 

The Baltimore City Board of Estimates (BOE) recently approved a request from Mayor Brandon Scott to remove the requirement for a pre-employment drug and alcohol screening for city staff candidates in non-safety sensitive positions.

“We want the best and brightest candidates to help us provide efficient and effective City services to our residents,” said Mayor Scott. “Frankly, the outdated and costly pre-employment drug and alcohol screenings only served to block qualified and passionate residents from obtaining employment with the City. This policy disproportionately harmed the prospects of talented Black and Brown job candidates. I am grateful that we are making this change now so that we can continue to improve local government operations and better serve the people of Baltimore.”

The new Administrative Manual Policy went into effect immediately after the BOE’s December 15 approval.

Read the full press release from Baltimore City.