Drug Testing for TANF Recipients

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Drug Testing for TANF Recipients Drug problems costs the US billions of dollars every year from disease, crime, accidents, child abuse, domestic violence, homelessness, and lost wages that causes deaths and other serious economic and social consequences (Hunter). The crimes include stealing, drug trafficking, murder, robbery, domestic violence, breaking and entering, child abuse and neglect, and assault. Health care problems, such as overdoses, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, and tuberculosis, are often results of substance abuse. Requiring drug testing of TANF recipients who are at risk for drug abuse is a step in the right direction to help addicts overcome addiction, gain employment, and become responsible citizens in society. It also helps efforts in the long term to deter drug abuse costs of healthcare, law enforcement, and prisons where addicts usually resort to crime to support their habits. High costs come from children often being placed in foster care where 50 to 80% of child abuse and neglect cases result from substance abuse and high medical costs where 75% of domestic violence cases were a result of alcohol and drug addiction (Hunter). There are often more costs if a spouse and children are placed in domestic violence centers to keep them safe from the abuse that comes from addiction. Drug addicts harm the one's they are closest too, which is often times their own children, spouses, and friends, or children and people who live around them. This causes extreme social
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