People work so hard for their money and yet they pay taxes paying for people who are to lazy to get jobs and like free money and use it on drugs. The government is generous enough with other benefits. Those people don't deserve to have fun with drugs and not work too.
I'm not sure if you've heard but you can google this story up. A Woman working at a convenience store in the US had a man walk in with an EBT card (Food Stamp Credit Card or something similar) and he wanted to buy cigarettes. The woman refused and the man left. The next day the man came in again with a member of his family and raised a commotion about it. The owner came in, sold the man cigs and fired the woman. Do you think its fair that the money YOU pay in taxes goes to people buying cigarettes? Welfare is supposed to buy healthy stuff for the people on hard times. Not items that are detrimental to ones health.
If those people don't have anything to hide then take the drug test, or what, those people who don't want to take the drug test know they'll fail it because they know they're addicted to their stupid drugs. It's irrelevant to NOT test them and they should be tested just like the working people do. Stop hiding your addictions and play it right.
If the working class must pass a drug test to get a job, to make the money that the government takes away to give to welfare. Why shouldn't someone receiving these benefits have to do the same? I mean after all they are taking this hard earned money and putting it towards who knows what?
Government assistance is there to help while you get back on your feet. It's not for you to live like that the rest of your life. I am a single mother that has never asked for help, but if for some reason one day I have to I would be mad if they didn't drug test me. Help should be given to those who really need it not to people who are too lazy to work for a living. Some people sell their benefits for cash and use that cash to buy drugs while their children are at home starving. Yes please drug test these people it is not fair.
I pay for welfare by going to work and paying taxes. When I got hired, I had a criminal background check, financial background check and drug test.
If I have to do all that to get a job to pay for someone's welfare, they should have to do the same on a monthly basis for drug testing and every 4 months for criminal check in order to partake in the welfare benefits.
Also, I think anyone receiving welfare, with the exception of the old and infirmed and children should have to put in at least 20 hours of community service per week within their immediate area to help pay back the state and govt for the privilege of receiving these benefits... Pick up trash along the roadways, assist with feeding and companionship at state nursing homes, habitat for humanity etc.
If I have to get up everyday and go to work to help pay for welfare, then those recipients should have to give back to their communities and not just be a drain on humanity.
I know of a couple of people in Oklahoma and Kansas who are on public assistance programs. The one in Kansas uses the food stamp card to stock the freezer with Tiger Prawn shrimp and steaks. She is legally separated from her husband. He bought her a swimming pool last year, they live on separate levels of the same house all the bills are in her name to get aide in paying them. Last year a new furnace, refrigerator and weatherproofing were installed in the house they own. She gets Social Security disability, he earns about 70K a year.
The one in Oklahoma is getting food stamps and now rental assistance, she does drugs and wouldn't work if handed a job on a silver platter.
I not saying that all people on public assistance want to be there. Years ago I can remember going to Catholic Charities for food to make ends meet.
If you can afford drugs, then you don't need the working people to pay your bills.
If the person receiving welfare can pay for drugs, they shouldn't be given money to buy more. Welfare is for a family that actually needs the money to support themselves. Think about this, if people that actually work for money get drug tested, someone that gets money for free should as well. Families that receive welfare might not even be supporting their children.
That is the problem with welfare (I personally don't support welfare at all), you can't trust someone to use free money on things they need. But your argument, isn't really an argument for them not needing to be drug tested. MY question is, why not? What harms does drug testing them bring, compared to the benefit of knowledge we recieve from finding out they probably won't spend the money on drugs?
If an individual is receiving welfare they should have to be drug tested. Employed individuals have to partake in random drug tests so why wouldn't someone who is receiving money from the government?
Drugs are expensive. If someone believes they have the resources to buy those drugs, then they don't need assistance. People say that drug testing for welfare is an invasion of the privacy of the poor, and that it singles out poor people, but when someone is buying drugs with tax payers money it just isnt right.
I believe if they have nothing to hide then they should do it. If the money comes out of my cheque then I want to make sure its actually going to help them for food, rent, and raising their children. If they are using it for drugs, that is basically stealing. My best friend lived in low income housing and they were all on welfare, and people were drinking in front of their kids, rolling joints in front of their kids. It's better for the kids as well if they have to do drug tests. Better for everyone.
If someone's going to be taking tax payers money then yes they should be drug tested. I am not okay with giving my money to junkies. If your willing to take money from tax papers then you should be willing to pee in a cup.
If you're taking money from the tax payers then tax payers should be able to drug test you via the ballot box. Welfare is the money of hard working people distributed to the "less fortunate". The tax payers have every right to make sure their money isn't being spent on drugs.
First, before anyone say "4th amendment!!!" I pre-spond (I think I made that word up, but if not, cool beans for guessing on its existence) with "appeal to authority is a logical fallacy, in which case, the constitution is the 'authority' being appealed to."
"The majority of employers across the United States are NOT required to drug test..." and "drug testing is NOT required under the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988."
Private companies voluntarily choose to drug test, because private companies know that it is ultimately better for them to do that. It is better for their workforce, their production, and their bottom line. From this, we can reasonably conclude that doing the same on a social level might yield similar results.
Saying welfare needs to be restructured does not negate the reasoning for testing. Not many believe that it does not need to be improved (what improvements are needed is a debate for a different day).
As someone who grew up on welfare, I've seen people abuse the system. If you want help from the government fine, but let's make sure that money isn't going to some drug dealer. Besides I have to take a drug test in order to earn a job that pays for the welfare so...
Maybe it's a bit hypocritical for me to have this stance since I'm on disability(although I don't do drugs), but I feel this would free up a lot of abuse in the welfare system.
While what chrumbelievable says is correct, why not eliminate one of the problems? Eliminating some is better than eliminating none.
When I apply for a job, I'm required to take a drug test. Plain and simple. If people don't want to do a drug test to get government assistance, they sure don't want to do a drug test to get a job. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure this out! I personally resent, as a taxpayer, paying for someone not wiling to do the same. Getting assistance when needed is a right that every American is entitled to receive. Making it a career choice is not acceptable!
If an individual can afford illegal drugs then they obviously have enough money not to be a recipient of any type of welfare or any type of local, state or federal assistance. This money and resources should go to those that do not try to cheat the system by using their assistance to purchase or trade for drugs.
Yes if people that work get tested so should those that are receiving our tax money to support their families stat wise. We need to know that are money is not being abused by those whom honestly do not need it. The systems being abused constantly. It will only help our states in this recession to budget our money the right way cutting those off because of the abuse of drugs. Iv had family members sadly that did sell there food stamps or use there state given money for drugs. If they can afford to buy drugs and still have food somehow they don't need there state support.
I understand some people need help for a period of time and if you need help, welfare is a TEMPORARY solution. But if I have to take a drug test to get a good job, these people who are looking for a handout should have to take a test just like the rest of us. If you don't like it, go get a job that don't require a drug test. All we are doing is encouraging people to do nothing with them selves and take the easiest route in life.
I get drug tested at my job. They should be drug tested to receive their paycheck even more because its free to them. There are so many people on welfare that the government cant keep track of who is and isnt doing their part in looking for employment and many of them dont. There are more responsible people out there working for their paycheck that get UA's. So should welfare recipients.
I don't believe that most people who are unemployed use drugs just as I don't believe that most people who work use drugs. That being said, I know that there are many jobs out there that require drug screen to be used/taken randomly to be employed as well as maintain employment. I feel that this is a prerequisite that should be met across the board. If it is fair to screen me for drugs so that I can work and contribute gainfully to society, then I feel it is necessary and equally fair to test those who are not as fortunate and are accepting the aid given to them from those same funds.
I believe they should be drug tested. If they cannot afford to buy groceries then they can't afford to buy drugs. We should not have to support someones drug habit. I have seen personally people selling their food stamps and people buying alcohol with them. This should never happen. AT ALL
It is not fair that there are people with drug habits who waste taxpayers money on drugs. I'm a freshman in college with dreams of medical school and it kills me knowing my tax money goes to lazy drug addicts. If you want to buy drugs, SURE! Go ahead- but GET A JOB and use that money on drugs. Work at McDonald's, I am sure it is not hard to get a job there. Don't be so lazy. I am on the other hand 100% okay with the single parents who are on welfare to buy food for their children. I will feel much better knowing THAT is what my tax money is going to.
To all of the people who say "That isn't fair to them, you are singling them out" No, we are not singling them out. We are just assuring that they are not doing drugs. They are innocent until proved guilty.
If you really want your hard earned money to be going towards an illegal drug habit, go ahead, be against drug screening. But seriously, we are condoning illegal behavior. I'm seventeen and I see this everyday. In my school, my community, all over the world. It's pety, it's illegal, and it's embarrassing.
I believe that anyone who is looking for state assistance should be drug tested. I feel this way because the citizens of these states pay taxes and that is where our money is going to help fund those people in need of assistance whether it is housing, food stamps or TANF. My concern is that this resource is being abused and people are not only using this assistance for needs but for support of their drug addictions as well. As a tax paying citizen I do not want to keep paying out of my pocket to support someones drug habit. I also believe that the majority of the recipients are using these benefits for needs other than those stated in the original agreements that they have made with the states in order to receive these benefits.
Why help people who dont help themselves? If anything they should be in rehab assistance provided by government not popping out babies to help feed their addictions. They are just menaces to society! I refuse to waste goverment tax dollars one funding drug dealers and dumbasses who chose to have the life they live. The people who voted to not do this are the ones that are taking advantage of the sytem sure enough.
Anyone receiving assistance should be drug tested. If I have to be drug tested just to go out and get a job then why shouldn't people getting help not have to pass a drug test as well. My tax dollars pay for their assistance and they don't have to be drug free.
I am on welfare but I really need it. I have a low income and need help supporting my family. To me, if you have the means to support a drug habit, then you obviously do not need the help from the government. You could be using that money to take care of your family but instead, people are using their money for things they don't need because they say, "Oh well, I just get some assistance". Some people say ,"yes" to the test as long as they don't have to pay for it. It doesn't matter to me if the government pays or I do. I would be willing to pay if it means keeping people off welfare that doesn't need it.
First, if anyone has money to spend on drugs, then they obviously either have more than absolutely necessary, or they are not responsible enough to spend money that is given to them by taxpayers for food and housing. Second, if people trying to work to pay for their food and housing need to pass a drug test to earn a paycheck, then those requesting public assistance should be held to the same standard.
I'm going to make this short as I need to complete my paper regarding the subject. I lived in a poor neighborhood in a dirt town in the delta of MS, and it was from there that I personally witnessed people reviving unemployment checks and spending them on unproductive narcotics that they could be spending on ways to better themselves and help them toward a profitable and respectable career. These drugs consisted of but is not limited to Marijuana (Weed), methamphetamine (Meth), and Cocaine hydrochloride (Crack). So yes I fully agree with the idea that the government should issue a drug test to all people requesting financial aid, in fact I believe they should also issue a mandatory unannounced random drug screening during there time on financial aid. Less money toward their addictions an more money toward our already outstanding debt crisis.
I work for the government and get drug tested. Why is it fair to get free money from the government and not be tested? I see both the pro's and con's to testing for welfare, but in the eyes of fairness those receiving funds from the taxpayers should be drug tested in order to do so.
She tries to act all rich but she's not, and she eats out of dumpsters but buys energy drinks. It's inappropriate, and she is a disgrace. She is a weirdo who has dirty hair but everyone knows she spends all her money on energy drinks, and she uses pens without concerns.
If someone who works for their money gets drug tested, then so should someone who wants help from the government. If they need the help so badly to get food they need, then they have no reason to buy drugs. It's only fair. Why should they get something for free when others work for their money?
If someone who is getting a job must be drug tested in order to receive the opportunity to get a job, why shouldn't a person using a percentage of that money have to get a drug test in order to receive the free money? It's unfair for the working class to be doing such things, while people receiving do not.
The welfare program is supposed to be for the children not for the parents to sell/trade for drugs. At least the government isn't asking CPS to take all the kids away and put them in foster homes. Even jobs nowadays ask for drug tests. If you are receiving free money from the government just because you do not earn enough money and have children to feed, you SHOULD be able to PASS a simple drug test for illegal substances. United States is spending 646.8 billion dollars just on welfare alone.
It's not fair that tax payers money is condoning illegal drug use. Tax payers work their butt off and it is not fair that they have no idea where their money is even going once they pay taxes. If you can afford drug, then you can afford food or whatever else you need.
People are spouting that it is unconstitutional, invasion of privacy, illegal search etc. People are saying that it is persecuting the poor. I take a different stand, I ask why are people who receive, unearned and untaxed money any better than I am? I work 40+ hours per week, still at the end of the week it is almost impossible to make ends meet. I am not free of taxation, I am not free from bills that need to be paid, I don't get to take my child to the doctor because that takes money, and sometimes in dire need something is left unpaid because my child come first. I have to get up and work for the money I bring into my home, I can't even afford to provide insurance to my child because I do not make enough money to live. However, I have a choice, I can submit to a drug test or not work. Why should welfare recipients be above me, why should I be penalized for being a productive working member of society by paying the bills of people who choose to use their funds for something as useless as drugs. As for the children, what kind of parents are you if your choice is drugs over your children, someone needs to be held accountable for the neglect of those children who suffer anyway at the hands of a drug addicted parent. Every one has a choice, not saying that everyone can choose their economic situation at all times but you can choose your personal habits, and yes I do believe that drug use is a personal habit, and sometimes you impose that habit on innocent and undeserving individuals who have not asked for it. So I ask, why should individuals who receive welfare benefits be held in any higher regard than a working individual. We both have a choice, I choose to keep my job by not doing drugs and submitting to random drug testing, if you choose to get or keep getting welfare benefits then choose to not do drugs and submit to random drug testing.
Hey, if they are taking drugs, why give them money? As long as it is not racially biased or done too often, it can determine who needs help, or at least not free money. While it is an over-exaggerated issue, it is real, and drug addicts should get help but not money. I wouldn't be embarrassed to be checked every 6 months if I knew it was separating the needy from the takers.
If those applying for welfare want to use the money for illegal substances that would be like the State just giving them the drugs, and the amount of money that the state gives for welfare could be used for a more useful purpose. However the amount of money it would cost to test would almost outweigh the results. If people can afford to get addicted to drugs they dont need welfare to get by.
Most of the people I know are on welfare, with that being said 75% of them have part time jobs making min. wage. 50% of them do some sort of drug (pot, pills, coke). Over my years of knowing them they have done nothing with their lives, and I do believe if they didnt have an addiction to these problems they would have been off welfare years ago. Me and my fiance between the two of us make a quarter million a year and we smoke daily but the difference is we work hard to afford our habits and we know when to say enough is enough... We dont struggle or go without in life so it can be done to enjoy what makes us happy. This may sound cruel but you cant be sympathetic for their children, its not your problem. The earth is overpopulated as it is anyways. That being said I'm happy to see laws being set in place in Oklahoma and others for this. It may only be 2-4% per state they deny benefits but 10% or more of a total country can make a big difference. Its a step in the right direction!
If they want help to pay for things they need to survive like food then they should pass a drug test. If they don't that clearly shows they spend what little money they have on drugs before they spend it on food. Giving them welfare while knowing they prioritize drugs over food is just enabling that behavior further.
If the working class must pass a drug test to get a job, to make the money that the government takes away to give to welfare, why shouldn't someone receiving these benefits have to do the same? I mean, after all, they are taking this hard earned money and putting it towards who knows what.
I don't believe it is fair that the hard-working people have to pay taxes and the money goes to lazy people who spend our hard earned money on drugs. I am a hard-working student with two jobs to support myself ,and they are using the money for things it is not intended for.
If I'm paying for your life, that money should, and will go only to food and housing, and the education of your children. If I have to be drug tested to earn my money at work, you have to be drug tested to earn your money from me. That's fair.
I live an area where the majority of individuals who receive assistance both cash and food stamps live committed to drugs and raise their children viewing this form of living as acceptable. And are people who are applying no effort change and get out of their position. They are using food stamps in exchange for cash. And are not using the help for good use.
If you're going to be lazy and get free money from everyone that works then you should at least be clean. I don't want my tax dollars going to some junky that puts all his money into his vice. I'm not talking about disability people who can't afford to work either.
People who are collecting welfare have NO RIGHT to collect that money. Now where does that money come from? It comes from those who have a job and part of getting a job is being drug tested. It was ruled that it was not a violation of rights to require a biological sample to insure that a worker is not using drugs. Since a drug test can be required to pay into the welfare program then anyone who is receiving welfare should be drug tested daily to be able to receive even a DIME!
mmkay. You want free food, you want the taxpayers to keep you fed, watered, and sheltered? Then don't trade your EBT cards for Heroin/Speed/etc. If you are clean, you won't mind P'ing in a cup once a month before you get your free money. You don't P clean, you don't get any money. Why is this an issue? Do you not mind paying your taxes and having go towards a persons drug of choice? Come on people, wake up.
ABSOLUTELY! The U.S. Government needs to stop funding people that are simply living off the government while they are doing drugs and not trying to get a job and get their life back together. Sure, there are some people that truly need welfare, but a majority of people should eventually be able to get it back together in a certain period of time and if they don't get a job within a certain time, a drug test should be 100% mandatory. think about it people!!!
So I don't want to see the money I pay in taxes going to people who want to use it to buy drugs. If they want to be on drugs then support yourself. I think the government's money should go to families who truly need to provide their kids and themselves with proper nutrition.
They should be drug tested because it is just a waste of money helping people with welfare and them just polluting the earth with there drug and bad habits for the near future. Drugs are bad for they can cause death and we want to live in a safe drug free future.
The majority of our generation is abusing welfare. They buy drugs, cigarettes, and other things that are unnecessary. People who are taking advantage of welfare are taking away chances for other individuals who actually do need welfare. Plus if you have nothing to hide why can't you take the drug test?
I believe anyone who applies and is already receiving benefits from welfare should be drug tested. I receive some assistance and I work, but I am willing to be tested. Its like the saying, "one bad apple can spoil a bushel." What harm can it do if your drug tested? Get tested fail receive services to help. Get tested pass hey your off to a great start. It's better than taking it completely.
If they have money to buy drugs, then they have money to pay their bills, and buy their own food. They are also increasing their health risks, and obviously do not care much for their health, so therefore should not receive free medical assistance, like Medicaid. Those who are really in need of government assistance, and who actually care, will spend every penny they have on supporting themselves, and their families, and would not waste money on buying drugs. I see people who sell every penny of their food stamps, or take welfare checks and cash them for drugs, and it's absurd! Government assistance is a privilege, not a necessity, and should be given only to those who deserve it, not abuse it!
I've met too many people on the street preying on the kind charities of people while on welfare, and it all goes on DOPE. This is extremely disturbing to me and frustrating as a partner of a drug addict who is on welfare and on the street. He should not be getting any money from anybody, the only help he should get is REHAB.
If I have to pee in a cup to even OBTAIN a job then they should have to pee in a cup to prove where there money is going. I have seen WAY to many people walk into the store I work at and buy nothing but Junk food. I understand you have a right to buy what you want but really? I do think that no matter what the EBT cards should be limited on what you can buy. Yes to foods, but no liquor or beer of any kind should be allowed or cigarettes and I strongly disagree with money being able to be withdrawn. I had a lady come in mad as hell because the gas station would not let her buy cigs with her card and wanted me to withdraw money from her card. Our system at work does not allow us to do Cash back off of cards of ANY kind. She proceeded to get mad at me and cuss and yell calling me a liar. I got my manager and he explained that I was in fact being truthful. I just couldn't believe how upset this person was over not being able to use money that she didn't work for, to buy cigs. I think ALL persons on EBT/Food stamps shopping needs to be monitored. I know for a fact it can be done. If a person is not following the guidelines they should be warned and have some funding cut, preferably take off what they used on things other than food. If it happens a second time put them on probation were they their funding gets cut even more and are limited on what foods they can buy (cut out junk food and soda) If there is a third incident then take them off the program entirely. If you are going to receive help from the government then you should have to prove you are not abusing it, I feel like the people who are not abusing it should have no problem complying.
We work hard and people who dont work and need welfare should have to take a drug test because our tax money needs to go to a an person who will not use it to buy drugs. Its not right for us to be paying them to buy their own drugs. Baiscally we are buying it for them.
I have to take a drug test to give them the money they get, so why would they not be tested?! I guarantee you that money is also going to pay for drugs and alcohol. Sorry if you are on welfare you should not be drinking or doing drugs. They should also have to pay a percentage back of the money they receive in welfare. Nothing is free!
As I research this topic, I have found that these people that do test positive will not be totally cut off they will be helped by getting into treatment programs. Then they can reaply, if you are worried about children not getting the assistance that they need, a third party would be set to make sure that they are getting what they need, the people that want this are not mean people they just don't want to enable the people with additions. As far as the 4th amendment, that is unreasonable testing, many job applicants must be tested when they are applying for a job, I don't know what the difference is. Why should we not test people that are using our money. Personally I would love to know that my tax money is being used for good, not someone being a dealer or a user. I can go to the store and see people use food stamps and then pull out cash to by alcohol, if you can use cash for stuff like that then you don't need the assistance of the common wealth.
But it’s so easy to receive money that they do not have to.
I understand that it is people’s right to do drugs if they want to that’s fine I just believe it is not right to be receiving money for the people so want to waste there life away. Any parent that can withhold food from their child should not have right of their children. The peoples hard earned tax money should be spent in the best and most responsible way possible. The great thing about this topic is that there is not a whole lot of feed back on why this shouldn't’t be done.
Those that work for a living and pay their taxes are drug tested to get their job. Why should someone who doesn't have a job be exempt from a drug test. They are requesting governement assitance/aid. Therefore, they should be required to take a drug test and be clean while collecting governement assistance.
70% of the people receiving welfare do not deserve it. We are paying taxes and working our butts off for people who are just too lazy to get off the couch to get some grub; some selling their stamps for drug money. We, the working class must be tested.. So why shouldn't they? If you have to past a drug test to work somewhere then you should have to take a drug test to receive the money. I am not saying ALL people who receive welfare are drug addicts, but if that's the case they should be in a rehab not living the good life off of our hard earned money.
I think it should be allowed to do random testing, becuase why do the rest of us with full time jobs have to get randomly tested, but they do not have to? I totally agree with the system it has its place in our communities. But there are them people who do use it to abuse it which is wrong .
Everyone who gets assistants including school grants should be tested. I no some people who are on welfare and sale illegal drugs and have more money than I do. I am a student and I work, I make a real living. Being on welfare allows them more free time to do illegal things. In addition, welfare was started to help get people back on their feet. People are taking advantage of it and using it for more than they need.
It is mandatory in most workplaces to receive drug testing before hired, randomly throughout employment, and if suspicions arise. Why do we get drug tested if we work for our money, but not if we receive government assistance?
Another thing to test is nicotine. If people have money for cigarettes, then they don't have their priorities straight and if they can't kick a bad habit to be able to provide for themselves and their family, then they don't deserve welfare.
To be honest most of these people who are on welfare are in fact doing drugs. The other half are actually working and still needs the support from the government. If the ones that are afraid of taking a drug test or denies participation they should automatically be denied or disapproved because I am certain that the ones that do work and need the extra help are willing to take the drug test without any questions asked. I would rather have my tax money go to people that actually needs it and not take advantage of it.
When someone is on welfare it is because they cant make the money needed to provide for their families. If someone is on drugs and welfare then they are more than likely not trying to get a job and better themselves. This topic is known very widely and is a topic that I say yes to.
Despite all of the pros and cons of welfare drug testing, I personally believe that the government should mandate these tests. I believe anyone who wants to apply for government assistance should be responsible to pay for the $30.00 urine test in order to be considered a candidate. This would potentially limit the cost of drug testing which is the biggest down fall for this great idea. I believe people who want to receive help should be those who will utilize the assistance for the well being of there families.
Why would you be able to receive money from the government and be high I have to get tested to get a job the same should be to receive free money to me its common sense. Sitting at home and getting high hanging out all day is to me not ok. Should be out looking for a job to get off the government assistance and not getting used to it.
More than half the people I know on welfare are hooked on drugs or alcohol. If they can afford to party daily, they should be able to pay for their homes and all their needs on their own. If they can't be responsible enough to put their families and well being first, their priorities are all messed up.
Plain and simple, they should be drug tested because they are receiving money from a source other than their self. If they were working for their own money and they did drugs off of the clock then I do not see what the problem is. That is a personal choice and that is their money.
I worked in a local grocery store and had to deal with Welfare and WIC. I’ve seen many people abuse it by buying candy, pop, and junk food, they bought carts full of food and a lot of extra items and paid with it with at least fifty dollar bills, and they didn’t look like they were hurting with money by the extras they bought. Don’t get me wrong, most people are struggling and they don’t abuse the system, but it is the people who are abusing it that are ruining it.
I did research and mass drug testing is cost ineffective. However if you randomize drug testing it could scare many from using drugs while on welfare. One of the counter arguments was that drug testing everyone on welfare is against the 4th Amendment and stereotyping the poor. I believe it is only fair to test those on welfare just like those who have a job. Every one who signs up for welfare should have no problem giving consent to be drug tested if the government pays for the test. Randomizing the testing is the best way to do it because it's not stereotyping and scares those who would be drug users while on welfare from abusing the system. This idea would also give comfort to tax-payers that their money is not being wasted. Thank You for reading!
If hard working people have to get drug tested to work, why shouldn't welfare recipients get drug tested? I want to make sure my taxpayer money is going toward a good cause, not to give into someone's drug habits. It would only be fair for them to get drug tested so I know that my money is being used for people who ACTUALLY need it.
I had to take a drug test and I am subject to random drug screenings in order to have a job to earn money to support my family. Therefore welfare recipients should be held to the same standard. This is not a discriminatory issue at all. If a person is on welfare they should be making every effort to get off welfare and support their family on their own. It is not fair to tax payers to put food on their table when they may be struggling to get by themselves.
While I was on active duty, I was at least tested annually. Some years, I was tested multiple times, randomly. I have to be tested annually with my current job or more often if I'm suspected of drug usage. I was tested before joining the military and before starting my current job.
Yes. Everyone on welfare should have to be drug tested! Half of the people on welfare are using their money on drugs rather than clothes for their children or household food and necessities. I know of many of those cases as well. Its a horrible thing to give money to those people.
If you have the money for drugs then you should be able to have the money for your necessities. If you are not doing drugs then you should not have a problem with getting drug tested. A lot of the people that do get assistance use drugs and I know my family works hard for their money. They have to help some people when the money getting taken out of their pay checks is going towards drugs.
In order for someone to receive benefits for which they are in no way entitled to, they should have to go through pre-clearance screening process. If they want these non-entitled benefits from the government, they should have to agree to the condition of drug testing and restricted use of the money. (i.e. No cash withdrawals from liquor stores/strip clubs/etc).
This does not target the poor, this makes it so that if they want something for free, that they earn it.
I don't see anything wrong with drug testing welfare recipients. The only ones that are going to complain about it are ones that aren't going to be able to pass a drug test. Then they'll have to find a way to get free money for their fix. If I have to go out and get drug tested and actually work for my money, then someone who has to do nothing for theirs shouldn't have a problem.
I work hard every day so I can save up and go to a nice university. It really grinds my gears every other week when I get my paycheck and see how much was taken out in taxes. What gets me going even more is knowing that a percentage of the people that my money will go to use it on tobacco and illegal substances. How is this fair that I have to work for necessitates while they sit for pleasure? If each recipient simply took a drug test I believe we could save millions and lesson some of the taxes on the american public
If the taxpayers providing the funds for welfare must be put though drug testing, then the people receiving the help have no right to refuse a drug test. Drug testing would not have to be for everyone. Majority would be random or those who are receiving help and are suspected of drug use.
Drug test for school or for work. How hard is it to be drug teste? You're poor with no job and nothing to do except finding a job or sit in your couch using our tax money. It's easy and quick to be tested and it's the only thing you can do without a job. And I do not want gangsters use my money to smoke weed or do other drugs.
It is only normal to request for drug test from people who are on welfare. After all US taxpayers money is involve. Why should government use taxpayers money to pay people who are addicted to drugs. Instead government should put them to work, so that they can work so hard that they will not even have time to thing about their addiction.
Why should government use my taxes to pay someone on drugs. Who uses my taxes to satisfy their addiction. It is not my fault that they made a bad choices in their life. Instead they have to work and pay for their own recovery. It takes one to want to get out of drugs. However, most of drug addicts don't try not that they can't.
Working construction in Canada I get drug tested before each job starts, if there is an accident and once a year if I stay on the site that long. I have no problem being tested to be allowed on site so why would someone who gets free money have a problem with it unless they have something to hide. I think the states are doing the right thing by bringing this in and Canada should do the same soon
Tax payers should not be forced to help someone that will use the aid to buy drugs. Welfare is supposed to help people get on their feet. It should not be a permanent paradise of drug use and free money. It is simply unfair that hard workers in America must be drug tested to earn money and welfare recipients not be.
Yes They Should I had to take a drug test to be employed. Why shouldn't they for free money? Nor do I get a raise when I have more dependents, why should they? I also think all GOVERNMENT employee be tested, not just before hand, but atleast once a year.
Why is it unlawful to drug test someone on welfare who's suspected of abusing drugs but acceptable and frequently practiced to drug test students in any extra-curricular activity in public schools? Shouldn't those who abuse the drugs they use and the money they receive be held to the same standard as those students who want the privilege to participate in any activities they may be a part of?
My family is poor as well but can not get assistance because they make a few dollars over the quota. Neither of my parents partake in drug use or any other needless habit but can barely afford to keep up with bills and food... They can not get assistance because of the inflation in the Welfare line. I think drug testing should be permitted but only those above a certain level in their system be taken off of welfare UNLESS they are prescribed it. There are ways to do it fairly with the drug testing but there are MANY Welfare recipients who sell their assistance or use their assistance to purchase drugs or other things that are not necessities. Not that there is anything wrong with luxury items, but when you are taking from other people who work hard and still can't get help when needed is a bit unfair and what else... Oh yeah Taking Away Human Rights.
If you want to receive any kind of help from other tax payers, you should be able to show why you should be receiving such benefits i.e. unemployment, welfare, wic, low income housing. If you are doing drugs, that means you are not wiling to help yourself. So why should we the people help you? THE GOVERNMENT OWNS NOTHING! SO IT IS NOT "THEM" WHO GIVE YOU ALL THIS FREE STUFF! ITS TAKEN FROM "US" AND GIVEN TO YOU!--------SO EARN IT!
Our government and tax dollars should not go to people who use illegal drugs. We cannot afford to support such a large percentage of our population; we should only help the law-abiding population. This is a way to reduce the use of illegal drugs in our country as well. If someone can support a drug habit, then they can support their family's food habit as well. If they can't allocate money to food, but can buy drugs, then we should let them and let them live (or die) with the consequences.
Why is intrusive and a violation to make random drug tests a requirement to receive assistance (in the form of tax payer money)? If someone finds it intrusive, they should just forego asking for assistance.
Same story with the weird people who want to fly on a plane, but complain about random more in depth searches. You fly, you go through a security check.
You want financial assistance, the least you can do is be substance-free.
Many people do drugs and go on welfare, easy way of life they think....Why should I go to work everyday and support them and their drug habit??? Isn't that enabling them???? THey have their own little community...They need checked if they are sooo much in need they would be willing to do so....Jobs, army, navy, etc require it!
If they can afford drugs then they don't need help from the state. A person with a job sits back and lays low if they can't afford pleasures but its OK for people on welfare to be on drugs....I DON'T THINK SO. If a person working can't afford then how can a person not working afford drugs....Welfare, the ones working are paying for them.
If I am being tested to draw a paycheck, of which a portion goes to support those on welfare, why shouldn't they be tested to collect? I do not feel it attacks anyone, it is stating that those receiving the funds, however they are given, are able to make rational decisions as to how to make the funds work for an entire month, not just a day going into the hands of drug dealers. Unconstitutional? There are so many other issues that we should look at, not just attacking a plan to keep everyone happy, healthy, and taken care of. How does someone on welfare, using drugs, apply for a job? They don't because they would fail their drug test, and therefore, living on the system becomes a way of life for them, and then their children, and so on. Why does it have to be an attack on the 'poor people'? I do not classify our family as poor, however we do live pay check to pay check to make ends meet. We are a family of 5 and both my husband and I work. We were both recently collecting unemployment until we got back to work. Unemployment, something we both pay into. We were not eligible for assistance when we needed it most, and why? Maybe because so many are abusing the system, and not claiming all that they should be. Maybe not. It just really bothers me when I see a friend or a few of them, living on section 8 (welfare housing), eating steak dinners (paid for by food stamps), and driving better vehicles than we do, and we can not even get help when we needed it most. How does that happen? Obviously, something needs to change with the system.
I have witnessed people on food stamps buy drugs with the money they could use for food. Although the food may be for the children, the parents will have a choice to buy food or drugs. If kids are malnourished, DCFS can step in. Every public benefit should include drug testing, Starting with SECTION 8 HOUSING.
If they are not willing to be tested it might be that they have something to hide. I don't want my taxes going to help someones addiction. If they want to use illegal drugs, I think they should go to work everyday and use their hard earned money to support their own habit. Not everyone else money.
Yes, drug testing is required for most jobs so why not for those who are not working? I am all for public assistance for those in need but how many able bodied people are not working because they can't or won't pass a drug test? Those that fall in that category should NOT be able to get free handouts. It's ridiculous that people think it's a rights violation. Do those same people refuse a pre-employment drug screen?
I have nothing wrong with helping people welfare is a good program but why should I be paying for someone's drugs? New York would save so much money if they pass a law and do a random drug test to the people who collect I bet the list of people who collect would be cut in half.
The welfare money is supposed to be used for the staple items in a household. It is not to be used for addictions and luxuries. Even alcohol should be restricted. This money given is money that people are to use for things they need to survive on. They do not need drugs to survive. Medicine maybe but not drugs.
I am young but if worked a lot. And I do get tired of paying into something that most people, yes MOST people, take great advantage of. I know this from my own experience, my mother took in my little brother. While, my father takes care of me. My mother got on welfare, and now my father pays the child support department $400 a month (usually it is a lot more than that), just for my mother to do nothing with her life and spend the money at casinos! While, my father works his ass off, to barely support his own son and himself... I am sorry, but there is something wrong with this picture. Maybe it is wise for this country to work on this... All in my opinion though.
Spending government money should be put towards useful things, not like getting food stamps to sell them or trade them for drugs. Another example is if you don't waste your own money on drugs, which is a lot you might be able to go home and feed your children. People need to support and take care of each other before you go and get high.
If I go to work everyday and must submit to a drug screen, I expect those who I am supporting unwillingly to be held to the same rules. Illegal drugs should not be purchased and used, using the money that other people are forced to give out of their paychecks. I could use that money on legal prescriptions that I need for everyday life instead of deciding which to buy, medicine or food.
I struggle to pay my bills now, so letting me keep more of the MONEY I EARN would help. I refuse to support a lifestyle that does not follow the law!
If you are going to drug test welfare recipients then you would have to drug test college student who receive pell grants and financial aid cause all that money dont just go to books..I am just saying.
This would just be an excuse to harm welfare recipients. A more productive solution would be to grant them cards that could be used to monitor how the funds are used. They may not even be using the money for drugs, and it's ridiculous to potentially starve children just because their parents are drug users.
not regular people. You don't need to be sober to be out of a job.
Shouldn't we all be equal no matter our financial situation?
Just because someone tests positive for drugs does NOT mean that they purchased the drugs. Marijuana can be grown for free from a seed. Marijuana smokers also share with friends & family. People with money think poor people don't deserve to be happy. People with money think that poor people are lazy and choose to be poor. I guarantee if you ask any poor person if they like being poor or if they chose to be poor the answer would be no.
It's a humiliating, intrusive and a human rights violation. If it is suspected that someone is using drugs and they may harm themselves or others - then approach the situation with the mind set of wanting to help. That goes for everyone everywhere. If the system is broken then work towards mending it, don't use Gestapo tactics.
Infants, seniors and veterans make up the largest share of "welfare recipients." None of these groups is any more likely to abuse drugs than non-welfare groups. Drug testing is an expensive and humiliating - as well as intrusive - solution to a problem that does not exist. http://womenslawproject.wordpress.com/2010/11/02/debunking-the-myth-of-the-%E2%80%9Cwelfare-queen%E2%80%9D-who-actually-receives-tanf-benefits/ The studies that have shown "single unmarried mothers" as the largest collectors of "welfare" - deliberately exclude social security, Medicare and Medicaid recipients, as well as veterans. These studies also make a mistake in assuming that the "single unmarried female with children" is getting the welfare benefits for some reason other than that she has children. In these cases, the children are the "necessary components" of welfare benefits being awarded.
Between infringing the 4th Amendment and the humongous cost, plus the fact that there really aren't that many drug users taking government money, it isn't worth it. Not to mention that you're basically telling the world that you think all welfare recipients are drug users when they aren't.
Also, the government can't be run like a common business. That's just common sense.
They tried this in Florida already while Rick Scott was governor. Less than 3% of people (I think) were found to have tested positive for any drugs and the sheer cost of these drug tests were astronomically high and didnt yield any satisfactory results. The American population on average does more drugs then those on welfare and even though such a system has good intentions, it flat out isnt worth it, as weve seen in Florida
If we wouldn't allow drug testing on every citizen, why should we drug test those who need assistance? The only people who need welfare are poor, and the only reason to get welfare is because of poverty. So what we are doing by drug-testing all recipients of welfare is violating civil liberties simply because somebody is poor. This is the first step towards tyranny of the rich, or an oligarchy. First it'll be drug testing the poor. Then they'll all need ID cards. Then they'll all need chips implanted. Then inflation will take hold and most people will depend on the rich. If we allow one thing to happen, then the next generation will take it a step further, then the generation after that will take it another step, and it'll go on and on until the only people left with liberty are the rich oligarchs that have taken it away! For you see, unlike humans, corporations don't die of old age. They'll have the same goal in mind, which is enslavement, while the people four generations ago which would've revolted are dead and since they allowed one liberty to be taken away, and their descendents did the same, tyranny will take hold with no noticeable difference, except of course by the corporations and corrupt political institutions that have caused in in the first place!
In reading the arguments for drug testing of recipients it seems obvious to me that the intended outcome is to save taxpayer money and encourage personal responsibility. I assume that by "drugs" they mean illicit narcotics such as THC and amphetamines. If we were to take a serious look at the proposal and its intended outcomes it would be difficult not to notice the flaws. Firstly, drugs are not the only means of intoxication or wastes of ones resources, but get the brunt of our distaste. Among other things, TV, corn syrup, alcohol and tobacco can have negative effects and are considered unhealthy endeavors. As a side note, "pot" is widely understood to be less harmful than alcohol and can be enjoyed for free when among like minded individuals. The second point I would like to make concerning taxpayer savings, is that the cost of drug testing can far outweigh the net results of denying benefits. Studies are available that show drugs are of little use to those receiving aid as the majority are underage, elderly or disabled. For the minority of people who simply cannot find it within themselves to become a contributing member of society, perhaps there are solutions, psychological tests and programs that can be developed to assist the least of us in leading productive lives. For the time being however, I'm not going to lose sleep over some sad sack smoking a joint on my dime I've got more important things to worry about like unregulated free market capitalism and oligarchic rule.
If we simply changed the EBT cards so that they cant purchaae unhealthy foods, alcohol, or cigarettes (idk create bar codes for healthy foods and bar codes for unhealthy foods) it would cost WAY less than drug testing. You coordinate with the dmv for photo id and it would be so cumbersome to trade healthy foods for drugs that the problem would be solved. Even without photo id it would probably be too cumbersome. Plus this solution doesnt violate rights and solves the BIGGER problem of welfarees spending tax dollars on fattebing foods, so we can also pay for their uninsured emergency room visits later.
They started testing in Florida and this is what they got: The pass rate was 96.3 percent, leaving the state to pay more than $100,000 to adults who paid for the test and passed. The average time an adult receives TANF is four and a half months. What a waste of taxpayers money since they had to pay back all those who passed the test!
• The largest share of public assistance recipients are infants, seniors and veterans who are also the least likely to test positive on drug tests
• Public assistance is already very minimal assistance to families so if an adult were to be cut off from help due to failure of a drug test the children in that family would suffer
• If someone is suspected of abusing any drugs they should be given help with their problem instead of punished
• If public assistance recipients are to be tested then college student receiving pell grants and other financial aid should be tested as well
• The 4th amendment “guards against unreasonable searches and seizures, along with requiring any warrant to be judicially sanctioned and supported by probable cause”
• Applying this law would separate the poor people from the rest of society
• Less privacy to those just trying to make ends meet
• Intrusion of people’s privacy
• Drug testing is inefficient
• Very expensive, costing as much as $20,000 to $77,000 to catch a single substance abuser (according to the Center for Law and Policy)
• Even if those who fail were to be taken off public assistance and sent to rehab, the cost of rehab will exceed the assistance they were receiving
• Those families would suffer even more after assistance is taken from them
Most people on Welfare will already be getting drug tests done while at work. Also if you were to go into the drug issue, you would also have to go into the issue of Fraud which hasn't really been addressed by anyone in an effective manner. In Florida the drug tests were done and guess what they found out? That IT COST MORE to drug test people on welfare than the amount of money taken away from welfare for drugs. My last point is that in Florida it was found that ONLY 2.6% of the hundreds of people tested in Florida did drugs (i.e. failed the drug test). This is demeaning and rude. They have been tested in the work force and on top of that there are few of them who actually are wasting the money on drugs themselves. This testing robs more of your beloved taxpayer dollars than the few people that abuse the system. And also while I'm at it, a ton of people cheat the system through fraud to get things such as bigger houses as compared to drugs. It's a more relevant as well as prevalent issue which needs to be addressed that has a bigger impact on your wallet.
Who does drug testing of welfare recipients actually benefit? NOBODY. Not them, not their children, and definitely not you the precious taxpayer. When the Florida govt enacted this sort of policy they lost money, YOUR MONEY. Less than 3% of people tested were positive. Do you think these tests were made and administered for free? Of course not! Someone made a quick buck at the hands of the govt. Instead of the money going to people who actually depend on welfare to live their lives the money went to some big business, again i repeat YOUR MONEY.
Those seeking aid from the government to survive should not be humiliated and subjected to drug tests. Nation wide, it is shown that more people use drugs (7 percent, Census Bureau, Cnn) than people who have been caught in welfare tests (3-4%, florida). In Arizona, out of the thousands of people they tested, only one person was tested positive for drugs. How does it make sense to spend tax-payer money on that?
Drug test people getting child support
College students getting financial aid
Drug test people getting loans
Drug test everyone
You can not single people out, you have to drug test them all. Everyone should be treated fairly, not by the color of their skin, their religious beliefs, and not by the fact that they need help. Some tax payers are just becoming selfish and greedy, since when do we get to decide who can eat and who can starve. If they qualify for welfare then that's it, no drug test are needed. Let people live.
On Febuary 26,2013 a panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Curcuit Preliminary found in Lebron VC. Florida Department of Children and Families that suspicionless drug testing of welfare recipients is unconstitutional under the fourth amendment, and that requiring consent to such testing as a condition of receiving welfare violates the doctrine of unconstitutional conditions. By Alyssa Marie G.
Wouldn't restricting the terms for welfare be better? How about our government makes the rules so that the able bodied people on welfare be forced to work a handy job supplied by the government; such as easy construction. Of course the handicapped wouldn't be forced to work. However, knowing that my taxes are going towards something constructive and productive is a good thought
This law would be extremely punitive, mean spirited, and redundant. The act would just be out of spite and also be an infringement upon someone's constitutionally given right, the fourth amendment. Basically they're saying that if someone has a drug problem, they should be left for dead without a place to eat or sleep. This will only increase the amounts of homelessness and poverty in the nation. And what about their children? Must they be forced to be homeless as well because of their parents' illness? The government should want to help these people rather than leave them without aid.
Half of you are talking about you don't want "gangsters/lazy people/addicts" using up your tax money for drugs...And that it would save our government money. But did you all forget about the COSTS of providing drug tests to all of these people? You're worried about the taxes being taken out of your checks for supplying the financial aid in the first place, but even more will be deducted in order to pay for these drug tests. Not everyone who possesses financial aid is using it for drugs/insufficient funds. Some, maybe, but majority? No. A good portion of these people are also not jobless. They either have a low income paying job, or are in the process of looking for one. Lay offs are constantly occurring and finding a job nowadays is tougher than ever. Some of you sound so ignorant.
There shouldn't be any drug testing because it costs more than running welfare on a daily basis. Let them fend for themselves and get a job already! Welfare is supposed to be temporary anyway, not lasting years. Go back to the Mutual Aid thing. Now THAT was something! It was affective too. Just get rid of welfare already. It's pretty much the program that wastes the most amount of taxpayer money.
When Wall street screws up gets billion dollars of bailouts, do THEY get drug tested? This is a bastardization of American rights and i believe it constitutes as warfare on the lower class and middle class. If this is about saving money, perhaps they should think about withdrawing the trillions they spend in other countries. This is a scapegoat and shouldnt even be considered until out government proves they can do their job successfully on a fundamental level. After all, they pass the bills, not the poor.
Its understandable that people would want welfare recipients to be drug tested. It is also understandable that tax payers do not want to support a drug addicts lifestyle of excessive drug use and lazy behavior. No doubt that measures should be taken to get some of the "lifetime clients" and generational families off of welfare and into the workforce. However, I think that in many cases people do not understand that drug use is often a consequence of poverty not the cause. It's hard for Americans to believe that a person could honestly just not be getting a break or finding opportunities. "No, not possible they are just not working hard enough!". Reality will tell you that this is NOT true, you can work harder than anyone else and get NOTHING in the end. Life isn't a Disney movie. Second, if you actually pay attention to statistics you will see that most welfare recipients do in fact have jobs. Clinton made sure that there were new standards and limits on welfare, you can't just collect a check forever with out entering an employment program, doesn't work that way. Most families work three jobs even, but get paid so little that they still can't afford to buy food for their kids. People who want drug testing for welfare have distorted views of reality; they think that every single person on welfare is a "welfare queen". The world is suffering through tough times right now and it may even get worse. Third, this is also a very bigoted assumption because you are basically assuming that these people must be using drugs because they are poor and that is what poor people do. People like this are blind in this world, and function through bias and blinders that prevent them from seeing the worlds problems as they truly are. If you want the poor off of welfare advocate for programs to give them opportunities to enter them into the workforce,education, and eventually give them access to higher paying jobs. Don't kick them when they are down. Capitalism requires that some people lose the money game and welfare is supposed to be the safety net that allows us to even be comfortable playing such a risky game in the first place. Do your homework and you will be surprised how your opinion changes.
Amounts to illegal search without consent. Welfare recipients are in a state of unreasonable need and therfore, welfare is not voluntary. Now if you want to means test recipients to determine how they came to be in that condition, that is a different arguement, but drug testing amounts to requiring a recipient to testify against oneself.
Drug testing welfare recipients is a waste of taxpayer money. It is also a violation of constitutional rights (See Amendment IV). It is unnecessary, as most people who are discharged from their job on the basis of drug use would not likely qualify for unemployment insurance as it is. According the the Kansas City Star, in the state of Utah, over 4500 people on public assistance were tested for drug use, and only 12 of them tested positive.
Ok, most drugs that people use take anywhere from 6 hours to 24 hours to leave the system to the point where it would no longer show up on a test. The only one that lasts about a week is cannabis. Cannabis is also the only one that you can test positive through second hand smoke, so the only people who drug testing would catch are people you couldn't scientifically prove did any drugs at all.
Requiring mandatory drug tests for all welfare recipients is unethical because it encourages discrimination against poor people. By doing so, it makes the assumption that "welfare recipients are drug users," which is simply not the case. A study was conducted to determine this exact assumption and it found that welfare recipients were no more likely to have drug problems than the rest of the population. It would end up costing more to implement across the board drug tests than it would to provide welfare to even the small number of welfare recipients who use drugs. Besides, welfare recipients are more likely to spend their money on things they actually need such as food and toilet paper and such. Besides, it's probably more likely that a rich person would use drugs because they can afford them.
I think if you're going to start drug testing welfare recipients, you need to have other regulations in place as well regarding the "superfluous" things they could be using the money on. If you're going to test for drugs, you should also test for alcohol, junk food, caffeine, etc., especially considering all the stories on the news lately about people using their EBT cards to gamble in Vegas and things like that. There are a lot of things about welfare that need to be regulated; drug use isn't the only one.
Don't let the money be used on drugs in the first place...
I'm for welfare reform, but not drug testing. Between the medical testing labs, and the government, this would become a humungous expenditure for taxpayers.
If you are going to start drug testing for welfare, then they should starting drug testing for everything else. I do not think welfare is needed for people, they need jobs. But then we should consider the job rates that our own government has caused. People need roof's over their head's and food in their mouth's no matter if they are druggies. We should consider the real problem here a) our government and b) laziness. The first being the major problem and when the first is dealt with then the second will then be exposed.
Drug testing is costly, and it is easy to evade the testing. Requiring testing has a potential of threatening ones civil rights (drug testing them at random times), and also in Florida, the welfare people, only about 5-6% used drugs, less than the national average of 9%.
So, if I got my friend high with my drugs, he should not receive welfare through no fault of his own?
Instead, we need to limit cash money that is paid. Instead of giving food stamps, let's give them food. Instead of cash benefit (to be used for taxable goods like bandages and cleaning products), we give them these products.
Sure they can still sell them, but it would be harder. Abusers offering 50 cents on the dollar for groceries are limited to selling a specific food item for cash.
Drug-tests for all the people in this country who receive welfare is very costly and inefficient. Furthermore, only about 8% of welfare receivers are [addictive] drug-users.
Constitution says it all
(In Canada the Charter)
To assume that the people on welfare are using is a gross generality and nothing more than a logical fallacy. No such reason to check into them.