Welfare and Drug Testing

Numerous states are performing studies or already implementing testing laws for welfare recipients. A common theme for these states is requiring individuals who fail  the test the ability to finish a substance abuse treatment program and/or passing another test to receive benefits. Some can interpret these state’s actions as ways to infringe on individual rights. One obvious goal is to provide a ‘wakeup call’ to help those on welfare that might not have a support system to help them stay drug free. Drugs can further complicate situations where individuals and families are trying to rebound financially so these new processes can be considered as another tool to help communities.


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