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Mandatory Drug Testing??

Do you think that people who receive any type of government assistance, food stamps, housing assistance, Medicaid etc... should have to have MANDATORY drug tests??

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RutterMama

Asked by RutterMama at 10:37 AM on Jul. 27, 2009 in Just for Fun

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  • I dont believe they should.
    Cherrie522

    Answer by Cherrie522 at 10:41 AM on Jul. 27, 2009

  • Cherrie - why? Do you think there should be any accountability at all?

    (I am not meaning to be rude, just genuinely curious.)
    RutterMama

    Answer by RutterMama at 10:44 AM on Jul. 27, 2009

  • Why should there be accountability for people who fall on hard times? Are you staying these people are using drugs? Maybe some, but because of those few everyone should be tested?

    Christine0813

    Answer by Christine0813 at 10:47 AM on Jul. 27, 2009

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    Christine0813

    Answer by Christine0813 at 10:47 AM on Jul. 27, 2009

  • I dont think they need to be drug tested. Does the government really need to know every aspect of your life? Second there is always ways to surpass a drug test so it wouldn't be accurate anyway. Third we would be spending even more of tax payers dollars. It takes approx. 300 dollars to do 1 drug test. That extra money can go somewhere where it would be more productive.
    drs1206

    Answer by drs1206 at 10:49 AM on Jul. 27, 2009

  • Uh, no that'd be ridiculous. We've been on FS for awhile, and although I don't do recreational drugs, my husband used to smoke pot with his friends (he didn't ever buy any, but if his friends were smoking, he'd hit off of it too). That doesn't mean that we spend any of our money on pot, though. What would be the point? They'd most likely spend MORE money on drug testing than they would recover by finding dirty people. Plus there are soooo many ways to pass a drug test when you are dirty.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:58 AM on Jul. 27, 2009

  • Why should a child of an addict have to go without a place to live and have food? (best case scenerio that the drug using parent is NOT using the food stamps to trade for drugs) That's my big thing about it. In the end, the kids are suffering more than they are already. With the states being in the financial conditions they are in, it would be expensive. Would the government be willing to use hair or saliva or the typical 9 panel urine screen that would allow a lot of drugs to slip through?
    Izsarejman

    Answer by Izsarejman at 11:06 AM on Jul. 27, 2009

  • I'm not saying at all that everyone on gvt asst is using... not judging or accusing... but we all know there are people who take advantage of the system.

    Wouldn't it be nice to spend the money once on a drug test, they fail and have their funds revoked? How much money would we save then?? And wouldn't it give more of a chance to the people who truly do need assistance - temporarily - while they are trying to get back on their feet?
    RutterMama

    Answer by RutterMama at 11:09 AM on Jul. 27, 2009

  • It doesn't matter, because it would not change anything as far as the government is concerned. Are you aware that state health coverage pays for Drug rehab both in and outpatient as well as support classes and methadone clinic costs. Also by being a drug addict you can qualify for SSDI (if income allows) and SSI (if you have enough work credits). So what exactly would be the point? Just so they know?
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:10 AM on Jul. 27, 2009

  • " Why should a child of an addict have to go without a place to live and have food? "

    Then in my opinion (as a child of a drug addict & convicted felon) the child deserves a better life - and should not be allowed to remain in the home.
    RutterMama

    Answer by RutterMama at 11:12 AM on Jul. 27, 2009

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