Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients In the last couple years there has been a debate weather to drug test welfare recipiants. As of March 28, 2013, at least 29 states have proposed legislation requiring some form of drug testing or screening for public assistance recipients in 2013. At least seven states including: Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Utah, have passed legislation regarding drug testing or screening for public assistance applicants or recipients. The purpose of the bill has been said to help recipients be available for a job.
Many people agree with drug testing and feel if welfare recipients choose to spend the money of taxpayers on drugs or alcohol, they are taking advantage of the system and should not be entitled to benefits. This is true but not all welfare people have a problem with drugs and alcohol. So why should anyone be tested unless they are suspicious of it? Some say its unfair to drug test an applicant without reason to believe that drugs were being used or is it? ( http://voicepopstar. hubpages. com/hub/Pros-and-Cons-for-Drug-Testing-Welfare-Recipents) The way proponents of the new drug testing initiative and lawmakers who sign it into he policy sees it as not being fair to ask taxpayers to pay for the drug addiction of those who are receiving welfare if they are, in fact, using those funds to buy heroin, cocaine, crystal meth, and such. So the best thing they could come up with was to test the recipients for drugs. They had to come up with some way to control people from doing drugs and to get a job. The recipients are required to pay for the testing but if negative they will get reimbursed. Drug testing will reveal recipients who are wasting taxpayers’ money on drugs and will require recipients to stay free of drug use, making them mployable. ( http://www. aclu. org/blog/tag/drug-testing-welfare-recipients) They have been trying to pass this law in many states for years. The bill never took until now. There is people on welfare longer then some should be, only because they don’t want to work, have a drug problem, or some psychological reason. The incentive not to use drugs is a positive aspect to the new legislation. If knowing that your cash aid depended upon your ability to produce a clean sample and pass a drug test could help you to stay clean, then it’s likely that you’ll be able to spend your time going to school or ooking for a better job that pays more than welfare and so more quickly reduce your need for state assistance.
The supporters of many drug testing bills say the rules are intended to help people stay healthy, avoid substance abuse problems and eliminate fraud. If people test positive they will be kicked of welfare. They believe there is to many people that are not using the system fairly “Why pay someone not to work when he has taken himself out of the hiring pool? ” ( JACK KINGSTON[-;gt;0], U. S. Representative, Georgia’s 1st District ) They hope that people will get a job and stay off drugs. The government believe by assing the bill could minimize the purchase of illegal drugs, making our children and society a safer place. On the other side of drug testing it is so unconstitutional and stereo-typical. It is taking away their rights. Just because they do not make an adequate amount of money to support themselves and their children does not make them any less of an American then anybody else and doesn’t mean they are drug abusers. “The Fourth Amendment declares that ALL persons shall not be subject to unreasonable search and seizure and the courts recognized these laws as dangerous precedents to the government being allowed to run roughshod ver our rights, and that these drug tests that singled out one segment of society for suspicion-less search of their bodily functions were not needed to further public safety. Hence, no public good was being served and therefore out goes the law. ” (merit, article on political facts) Drug tests cost money and I don’t think these States will save as much as they spend on the tests. It will also face many legal battles. The State of Florida has already faced some lawyers attacking this law and it has caused some outrageous legal fees. The people that will be hurt the most in this situation is not the drug abuser.
It will be the their child or possibly their spouse. This could cause a more serious problem with the person using more drugs unless a free rehab is offered to the recipient to get off the drugs. (http://www. care2. com/causes/floridas-mandatory-drug-tests-for-welfare-recipients-finds-few-fails. html) We maybe on the right path, but let’s get the ones who are found positive for drugs some drug rehabilitation. Let’s make sure their children are not suffering. Don’t just kick them down the road, show them why drugs don’t work. Many people think that if these people can afford drugs, they don’t need welfare.
Many of the drug users have probably been around bad influence’s and just need someone to point them in the right direction. Another problem I am recognizing is the amount of time a drug stays in your system. Marijuana in my opinion, is not nearly as bad a drug as Cocaine or Heroin, but stays in your system much, much longer. So the pothead is punished worse than the crackpot. That makes no sense to me at all. So it’s not hard for the harder drug users to get around the test and keep collecting welfare. Also what happens when a drug user is taking off Welfare for using drugs.
They could end up committing a crime doing something else to get money to get their drugs. They could end up in jail and their child would be put into a foster care or orphan. This drug testing idea sounds great in theory but the aftermath will be way more damaging to our society. I feel that people cut off financially from the government will become more desperate and our crime rate will increase. Yes there are many people that are abusing the system out there but not just using assistance for drugs, there are people that use there assistance on cigarettes, alcohol, ambling, energy drinks and other useless stuff instead of using it on what they should be using it for. So why random drug test ? Maybe come up with another way people get cash assistance. Instead of the state putting it on an ATM card for easy access. Maybe only put money on a card to use for purchasing items your family needs from stores that except it and pay the rent and utility’s with vouchers from the state. There has to be a better way then to drug test everyone on welfare and make this place a healthy and safe place to live. [->0] – /topics/authors/jack_kingston_