Should welfare recipients have to pass a drug test?

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Original Post

My FIL sent an email about this subject. Got me thinking.

Should welfare recipients have to pass a drug test to receive benefits? The premise being that many people who pay taxes are required to pass a drug test to get their job.

Any thoughts?

Posted at 10:53pm May 26, 2008 EDT

Responses

What a great idea! I definitely think so. I used to work for child support and so much money goes to welfare benefits when noncustodial parents can't pay support. I have also seen the crazy behavior of drug addicts who have custody of kids, so, yes, I think so.

Posted at 10:56pm May 26, 2008 EDT

absolutely. done. sold. hell yeah.

con: who pays for it?

pro: comes out of the welfare check.

ok, done!

Posted at 10:56pm May 26, 2008 EDT

It seems like a logical and fair idea to me...

Posted at 10:58pm May 26, 2008 EDT

Absolutely!!

Posted at 10:59pm May 26, 2008 EDT

I would much rather see more effort put into welfare reform and universal health care than I would care about making sure that everyone who recieves welfare is drug tested...and besides...there are ways to pass a drug test and still have drugs in your system.

Posted at 11:01pm May 26, 2008 EDT

hmmm...
is drug addiction an illness? yes.
will i then be responsible for rehabilitating said user? probably yes.
will that cost me more of my already overstretched tax dollars? yes.
can i afford that-drug free and responsible hardworking adult that i am-no.

final answer-no.

Posted at 11:02pm May 26, 2008 EDT

CussinCrafter says:
...there are ways to pass a drug test and still have drugs in your system.
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yes, very true

Posted at 11:03pm May 26, 2008 EDT

Organidog says

PrettyInPeace
PrettyInPeace says:
hmmm...
is drug addiction an illness? yes.
will i then be responsible for rehabilitating said user? probably yes.
will that cost me more of my already overstretched tax dollars? yes.
can i afford that-drug free and responsible hardworking adult that i am-no.

final answer-no.
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^^ what she said

Posted at 11:03pm May 26, 2008 EDT

AuntieTam says

would love to see it happen, but it won't. I would also like to see a max of 3 years of benefits but that won't happen either. I see too many people who aren't willing to work.

Posted at 11:05pm May 26, 2008 EDT