Drug Testing the Less Fortunate

1023 Words Feb 24th, 2018 4 Pages
Drug testing welfare recipients have been a major issue across the United States for a few years now. Many indicate that if working class people are subject to a test prior to hire or randomly during the duration of employment, why should those that don’t have to work for money not have the same treatment? The government estimated that random annual drug testing for welfare recipients would cost each taxpayer an additional four-thousand dollars per year. They say there is no punishment for failing a drug test, but is there. The lack of free money, food or health care to me seems like a punishment. I will briefly give a history of the attempts to reform the public assistance program and the need for drug testing.
In the early 1980’s Congress passed the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1985 made individuals who have three or more convictions for certain drug-related offenses permanently ineligible for various federal benefits. In 1996, Congress is when the thought process of drug testing for public assistance started. However, the years, these programs have been denied repeatedly. At the National Conference of State Legislatures reported in 2011 thirty six states put forth proposals around drug testing of public aid and food stamp (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - SNAP) recipients; however, only three states enacted legislation; Azizona, Flordia, and Missouri. In 2012, twenty-eight states set…
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