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Should there be drug testing for people who recieve public assistance?


If public assistance programs are sponsored by the money of people whose jobs require drug-free test results then those who get public assistance should be drug tested! if you disagree- why?

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RobinEsMommy

Asked by RobinEsMommy at 3:18 PM on Oct. 13, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Yes definitely. It could save lives and be beneficial to children.
    tootoobusy

    Answer by tootoobusy at 3:19 PM on Oct. 13, 2010

  • well, if someone fails, are we going to put their children into an overloaded foster care system and put them in an overcrowded jail?
    peanutsmommy1

    Answer by peanutsmommy1 at 3:19 PM on Oct. 13, 2010

  • Well I'm on the fence with this. I believe it should BUT if they are taken off due to doing drugs it's the children that suffer along with the selfish parent.
    mommy_of_two388

    Answer by mommy_of_two388 at 3:20 PM on Oct. 13, 2010

  • I think they should get tested... why should they get pa and continue their addiction when some people actually need help and aren't worried about doing drugs only about taking care of their families......
    ajc88

    Answer by ajc88 at 3:22 PM on Oct. 13, 2010

  • Should we drug test everyone who recieves social security or holds public office since they are all living on the dole.
    UpSheRises

    Answer by UpSheRises at 3:22 PM on Oct. 13, 2010

  • No, it would cost more than it would save.

    Friday

    Answer by Friday at 3:22 PM on Oct. 13, 2010

  • Sounds good in theory, but it is cost prohibitive.

    QuinnMae

    Answer by QuinnMae at 3:24 PM on Oct. 13, 2010

  • I agree. The people on public assistance makes more than I do.
    My3Ez

    Answer by My3Ez at 3:24 PM on Oct. 13, 2010

  • No. If we are going to drug test then we have to limit or deny the aid available for those who fail the tests. Which in theory sounds good, BUT, who does this really hurt? It doesn't hurt those who are using, it hurts their families, their children. Do you think it's going to force an addict to spend less money on drugs and more on food? Not a chance... It's going to mean they don't pay the bills, they don't buy food and their kids go without. They on the other hand aren't going to suffer at all because they are still getting what they want in life - a buzz... So what exactly would be the point of drug testing? Why punish children because their parents make bad choices?
    SabrinaMBowen

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 3:25 PM on Oct. 13, 2010

  • Sure, until you need to pay for it. The cost to drug test everyone on assistance once a month would be more than the cost of paying for assistance. Feel free to search the other 1000 times this question was asked to find the exact stats, but it's less than 5% of recipients who use drugs, so you'd be throwing that money away on 95% of the recipients in an attempt to catch the 5%.
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 3:26 PM on Oct. 13, 2010

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