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Should people applying for unemployment have to pass a drug test?

This was a poll going on on my local tv station and i thought it was a good question so i would see what other peoples responses. Currently the resluts were 74% said yes and 16% said no. I said yes. What would you say. Again we are talking about unemployment not medicaid, food stamps, etc.

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Asked by Anonymous at 3:27 PM on Apr. 17, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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    Answer by Anonymous at 3:29 PM on Apr. 17, 2009

  • Yes.
    Then again, I think a drug test should be required for welfare too.

    Answer by JackalsWife at 3:31 PM on Apr. 17, 2009

  • Nah the person who gets laid off in this econmy needs a good smoke, lol! Yeah I'm flamin up the pot....pun intended.

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:31 PM on Apr. 17, 2009

  • That's a big HELL YES from me!

    Answer by forevermom75 at 3:32 PM on Apr. 17, 2009

  • why should people on umemployment have to take drug tests? they were working and got laid off hence unemployment.

    Answer by jodi205 at 3:33 PM on Apr. 17, 2009

  • This has been asked a whole lot here on CM- but I still stand by my answer. Absolutely not. First of all, the only users it may filter out would be pot smokers. Almost everything else is out of your system in hours-days and with that being said, its NOT hard to past a drug test while youre smoking pot. Yes- I know this for a fact unfortunately during my teen years.. ugh. Another thing, who is going to pay for these drug tests? There are millions of people on welfare, drug tests arent cheap you know. How OFTEN will they have to be drug tested? What will happen to the children if tests do come up positive? What about those with false positives due to prescription medications? Id rather people do drugs and be on welfare than cost us billions more in tax money. Maybe instead of letting people who dont work sit at home and collect welfare, require them to get a damn job in order to be able to receive it.. Thats how it is here.

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:36 PM on Apr. 17, 2009

  • When I say welfare, I mean any kind of assistance, unemployed too.

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:37 PM on Apr. 17, 2009

  • jodi, so are you saying that because they got laid off from a company that makes it okay for them to do drugs? Some people will do crazy things when they aren't busy enough. and unemployment money should not be used to purchase drugs. If there is a chance it can be prevented, i think that the test should be done.
    And anon 2:36, if they are doing drugs, they should not have there kids anyways until they can straighten up.

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:45 PM on Apr. 17, 2009

  • YES I think EVERYONE on government assistance should be tested!!

    Answer by SweetKYmom at 3:46 PM on Apr. 17, 2009

  • Absofrigginlutely. Anyone getting government money, or any kind of assistance, should have to pass a drug test.

    My daughter and I are on Medicaid and we get food stamps. I would take a drug test every single day if I had to. It's stupid people that make us good people look bad.

    Answer by caitxrawks at 3:48 PM on Apr. 17, 2009

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