Should People Submit to Drug Testing to Receive Government Assistance?

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Drug testing is a mandatory action for most people seeking employment. According to The Ledger.com, 84% of employers are drug testing their employees, despite the costs. Some companies only perform drug tests on new employees and for work-related injuries. Other companies require random and regular drug testing of their employees.

So, if we working Americans have to pass drug tests to work and pay taxes to support the unemployed, then why aren't those people required to pass drug tests in order to receive government assistance?

Why Are We Drug Tested?

Drug testing is a safety issue for most companies, as well as a cost-effective option. According to Pre-Employment Drug Screening.com, drug use can contribute to tardiness, high turnover rates, absenteeism, attitude problems, stealing, less productivity, crime, and violence.

Do some of these drug-related issues involve those who do not work and receive any type of supplemental income or financial assistance from their state in which they reside? Absolutely! Actually, I would think that the crime rates would be higher for unemployed Americans who are using illegal drugs versus employed Americans. Social Security benefits do not pay well, and supporting a family off that amount is next to impossible.


Do you think people receiving government assistance should be required to pass a drug test?

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Interesting Facts

In 2001-2003, I was self-employed as a medical transcriptionist. One particular doctor that I worked for was a psychiatrist who performed psychiatric evaluations on clients who were in the process of applying for Social Security benefits.

I do not want to quote statistics, as I do not have an actual count before me, and specific information is confidential regarding patients. However, I will say that I was moderately surprised when I discovered how many Social Security applicants had previous issues with alcoholism and drug addiction.

I also discovered that many of these applicants also had previous issues regarding their children being removed from the home because the parents had gotten into trouble for illicit drug use. So, we have drug-addicted parents, who through no fault but their own, messed up their lives and lost their children, yet still expect the government to support them while they sit home using illicit drugs.

This is discouraging for many folks, such as myself. I work extremely hard at my job, and to know that people can draw free money for doing nothing bothers me. Maybe some of us employed folks who are paying for your income would like a break for awhile, too.

The previous comment does not apply to those disabled and retired folks who truly do need the money. There are many individuals who are in desperate need of financial assistance, through no fault of their own. Should they be given minimal assistance because of the rest of the beneficiaries who are abusing the Social Security system?

Who's Jumping On Board?

In 2011, according to the N.Y. Times, policy makers from three dozen states proposed law changes that would implement drug testing for those individuals who applied for food assistance, unemployment benefits, welfare, job training, and public housing.

To prevent abuse and misuse of the Social Security Administration, states such as Arizona, Indiana, and Missouri have already implemented mandatory drug testing for applicants of government assistance.

In Florida, the state requires the applicants to pay for their own drug tests, causing enrollment to shrink to its "lowest levels since the start of the recession" (N.Y. Times, October 10, 2011).


Could You Be Next?

Right now, there are thousands of people probably laughing at this article because they have managed to obtain their Medical Marijuana Card. Those who have their medical card are allowed to smoke cannabis without risking legal charges or interference from state Child Protective Services when it comes to their children.

However, it is also a fact that federal law does not support the Medical Marijuana Card, and employers can still terminate your employment if you were to fail a drug test, even if you have your medical card.

In Grand Rapids, Michigan, a Walmart employee was fired for cannabis usage, despite the fact that he had his medical card. John Casias had his medical card because of sinus caner and an inoperable brain tumor. Traditional painkillers, alone, did not ease his pain.

If you have your medical card and fail an employment-related drug test, your employer can still terminate your employment.

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American Romance 4 years ago from America

Not only should they pass drug test, but they should NOT be allowed to vote! Why would anyone taking from the working class get the opportunity to vote in those that would self serve them! Once they are employed and paying taxes again then give them their voters card back!


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diogenes 4 years ago from UK and Mexico

The problem is what do you do with them if they fail these tests? If they drink, they can get welfare; if they smoke likewise. They should be required to partake of drug programs regularly before benefits are withdrawn.

Welfare is an emotive subject polarising society here and in the US. The money is finite and I agree deserving families should come first, but we can't just abandon sick people who are hooked on a drug dependency. No easy way out

Bob


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JenJen0703 4 years ago from Cereal City U.S.A. Author

I agree with both of you, American Romance and Bob. If the government would cut off benefits to those who can't pass a drug test and complete a rehabilitation program, could you imagine how much money that could save the government? It would force some of these people back into the working class.


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LadyLyell 4 years ago from George, South Africa

How interesting!

I also live in a country where the benefits are many to the wrong people for all the wrong reasons. I assure you ENDLESS numbers of people here sit under trees drinking, drugs etc while the hard working people pay taxes to uphold their habits. NOT ME!

Having said this, I lived in South Africa where the government benfits are few to none which sounds harsh but everyone knows where they stand, work or else and save at the same time for retirement days. (a small pension is granted)

Here in Australia there is a shortage of fruit pickers and the farmers actually bring people in from the islands to do the work as they are only too glad to have the funds to send home to family.

I realise I have gone off the subject but I have appreciated having my say on the above.

Of course it is wrong for those on benefits not to be drug tested!

This has been a terrific topic!


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JenJen0703 4 years ago from Cereal City U.S.A. Author

Thank you, LadyLyell. I know many people who abuse the government's assistance, and it makes me sick. There are people out there that truly need that money and are having to go without while others just take it to take it.


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Caleb DRC 4 years ago

I have not given it much thought, JenJen, but my initial response is yes. Why should the taxpayer pay for someone else's street drugs. Street drugs initiate and fund an enormous amount of crime, and the taxpayer does not want to promote that either. If their money is used to buy illegal drugs then this is essentially what happens.


Brenda Durham 4 years ago

I kinda agree with Bob. And although it's good to look at this problem, I wonder if we should also look at the problem of people who deliberately lie about their income or their household income and their assets in order to receive government payments. To me, those are just as bad as the drug users, if not worse. It's a tough subject. For now, I voted No to the question. Still thinking on it, though. Good discussion here.


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LoriSoard 4 years ago from Henryville, Indiana

I agree about having to pass a drug test.


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JenJen0703 4 years ago from Cereal City U.S.A. Author

Thanks Caleb DRC, don't misunderstand, I'm not quoting statistics. I just know there is a good portion of them that are addicts or alcoholics.


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JenJen0703 4 years ago from Cereal City U.S.A. Author

I agree with you 100% Brenda. I am low-income, and am off work due to work injury. I do not even qualify for food stamps because, as a college student, I must be employed 20 hours a week. However, if I quit school, I can get food stamps. Thank God I don't need them, but that is the law now in Michigan.


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JenJen0703 4 years ago from Cereal City U.S.A. Author

Thanks LoriSaord. The government would save money if they went that route, and I agreed with Bob earlier. He mentioned rehabilitation programs, too.


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ShawnB2011 4 years ago from Arizona

I agree, in addition to that they should require them to provide evidence that they are at least applying for jobs every month. Why should they be allowed to sit back and be allowed to do nothing and get paid for it? At least they could do is show that they are attempting to find employment. Maybe they do, never had to rely on the system but if not they certainly should!


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AlexK2009 4 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

If those claiming benefits are required to take a drugs test then senators and congresspersons should be required to take a test each day before starting work.

As for sitting and doing nothing: I understand the number of unemployed is much greater than the number of jobs available.

Better to make drugs legal and tax them heavily?

And if everyone who is getting payments from the government they should not get stopped, the government would not redistribute the excess so gained to those in need, they would simply reduce the total budget by that excess then a bit more to allow for reduced admin costs. And they would sack a lot of people working in the relevant government offices.


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justom 4 years ago from 41042

I think those that think drug testing for employment or unemployment should be forced to take an I.Q. test. Only in America would we not only put up with but buy into drug testing while the medical industrial complex makes up medical conditions so they can sell you more of their drugs. I suggest testing politicians and wall street money mongers, not that that would do any good either. While they have what's left of the middle class worrying about benefits for the poor they are all robbing the country blind. I hear Michigan Gov't. is now in the business of stealing it's own cities from the poor. Let's wake up and worry about freedom because whether you see it or not you're losing it. Don't believe the hype! Peace!! Tom


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ShawnB2011 4 years ago from Arizona

Tom. Has nothing to do with freedom, its about safety and productivity in the work place. Sorry but I wouldn't want someone high on Meth with the freedom to do so be allowed to operate heavy machinery like forklifts and tractor trailers. But that's just my opinion.


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JenJen0703 4 years ago from Cereal City U.S.A. Author

I agree ShawnB2011, I know several people who are like that. I'm qualified to receive it, but I choose not to. I'm still capable of working, despite the things that are wrong with me, not to mention, it's not enough money to live.


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JenJen0703 4 years ago from Cereal City U.S.A. Author

Thanks for reading AlexK2009. I wish they would make all government officials take drug tests. Oh yeah, why don't they take a pay cut while they are at it? it is crazy how much money they make. Our government is definitely not turning out the way our forefathers planned it, that's for sure.


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AlexK2009 4 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

Shawn: How many people on welfare benefits operate heavy machinery?


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JenJen0703 4 years ago from Cereal City U.S.A. Author

I knew a woman, once, that had no issues working under the influence of marijuana, and actually, her bosses were shocked to find out because she was one of the best workers she ever had. They still fired her. I agree, our freedoms are being robbed, I worry about what it will be like when my children become older.


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JenJen0703 4 years ago from Cereal City U.S.A. Author

Honestly, there are jobs out there that addicts are capable of doing, without operating heavy machinery. Being an addict does not necessarily make that person a bad worker. Is it any different for an active alcohol who is drinking at home? You know he is probably still under the influence the next day when he jumps on a forklift. It's a lose-lose game for Americans and a win-win, save money, game for corporations. Control. Power.


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ShawnB2011 4 years ago from Arizona

Alex, if you read my reply to another comment you Will understand my comment.

Jen, I also knew someone who busted a sprinkler head while operating a forklift while high on pot. Caused $30k in product damage. Goes both ways I guess.


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JenJen0703 4 years ago from Cereal City U.S.A. Author

You have a good point, Shawn.


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justom 4 years ago from 41042

Good point Alex and I might add how many people on meth have jobs anyway. Shawn, it's totally about freedom, why do you think only middle class and poor folks have to do it? JenJen what does the word addict mean to you? Everybody has an addiction to something. Some folks that receive public benefits are fat because of food addiction so does that mean they shouldn't get food stamps. You also think Gov't officials should take a pay cut but most of the wealth they have is not from what they make from taxpayers, it comes from the corporations that control them and the rest of us and yes it is about greed and power.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

My first inclination would be to say, "Yes, they should have to be tested for "illegal" substances....but I must say that this could create such a beaurocratic nightmare. What I have always felt is far more important is establishing a "work for welfare" program within the system. This would be beneficial in numerous ways....don't you think?


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JenJen0703 4 years ago from Cereal City U.S.A. Author

Justom, I am aware we all have addictions of some type. When I refer to addicts, I am referring to drug addicts and alcoholics. I just think if we have to pass drug tests to make the money, people should have to do the same to get it given to them.


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JenJen0703 4 years ago from Cereal City U.S.A. Author

I agree. Where I live in Michigan, they expect applicants to attend the Work First program, which requires them to apply for a certain number of jobs a week. This is for people trying to receive cash benefits from DHS, not Social Security.


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AlexK2009 4 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

Applying for a certain number of jobs a week:

If you don't want to work it is easy to try for jobs you wont get.

If you do get to an interview it is easy to fail it while looking keen


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justom 4 years ago from 41042

Shawn, I'd like to suggest to you it works not only both ways but in a third that maybe you're overlooking. Accidents happen for any number of reasons and the majority of the time no drugs are involved. The biggest cause of accidents in the workplace is employers pressuring workers to work faster which lends itself to accidents. fpherj48, good point and I think the idea of those on wall street making big $ for doing NO work and paying less taxes needs to be stopped.


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JenJen0703 4 years ago from Cereal City U.S.A. Author

Justom, I agree with you on that statement 100%. I just was illegally fired from my job because of a work injury resulting from the same reason. We had too much work and not enough people to cover it. Ultimately, it cost the company a small fortune in a lawsuit, so it worked out. And it was not because I was on drugs.


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JenJen0703 4 years ago from Cereal City U.S.A. Author

It does happen, unfortunately, we do have some people who do not want to work. Do you know what is sad? They don't want to help the people who help themselves. I am in college, and unable to work. I cannot even get food stamps because I am a student. The system is backwards.


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ShawnB2011 4 years ago from Arizona

Well that's a given Tom. Obviously accidents happen high or not. But if someone's high on whatever the chances of it happening go up. Businesses pay huge money for those accidents whether it be for property damage or workman's comp. They have every right to try to reduce those accidents from druggies as much as possible. Plus having high employees isn't exactly great customer service is it? Back to the point though, absolutely they should get tested before receiving any benefits!


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JenJen0703 4 years ago from Cereal City U.S.A. Author

Thanks, ShawnB2011. This sure did bring out a variety opinions from everyone.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

JenJen...Hi...I should have been more specific. I'm sorry. I know there are States that require welfare recipients to "apply for jobs." What I am referring to is actually setting recipients up with Community odd jobs that they are physically capable of doing. For instance, a single Mom may have 30 hours of time when her children are in school. To earn her support (food stamps, medicaid, etc) from Social Services, she could do some cleaning work at the Town Hall, act as a monitor on school buses, read stories to children in a Day Care. These small responsibilities would be money-saving to the municiplaity as well as contributing to the benfits she receives. This is what I meant.


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AlexK2009 4 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

fpherj48: Do you not see a possibility of abuse by the municipality in this proposal?

In fact she would in effect be employed by the municipality and therefore lose entitlement.

In the UK welfare claimants are allowed to do up to 16 hours voluntary work a week without losing entitlement. I think they ca also do 16 hour paid work but it is clawed back from their payments at a rate of 97p in the pound which usually means they lose money paying to travel to work. Various governments have tried and failed to tackle this poverty trap.


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JenJen0703 4 years ago from Cereal City U.S.A. Author

You make an excellent point. Volunteer work is good for anyone to do, and it is a good way for corporations to save some money, too. Maybe a standard could be applied to those who are capable of working some.


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JenJen0703 4 years ago from Cereal City U.S.A. Author

Thanks for the information, sounds much different than the way the welfare system works in Michigan, where I live. Thanks for reading the story, AlexK2009.


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

I worked for the "welfare" department in my county for 15 years. You would be shocked at the number of people that "sell" or "trade" their benefits for drugs or the money to buy their drugs! I absolutely believe that anyone who is receiving government benefits should have to pass a drug test. Each situation is going to vary and the decision to cut off their benefits should be done on a one by one basis. However, the fact should be known if they are using drugs or not. Very good hub! Thank you for sharing your thoughts! :)


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AlexK2009 4 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

You wrote

"Volunteer work is good for anyone to do, and it is a good way for corporations to save some money, too."

There are too many corporations already mining the unemployed for cheap workers.

In the UK there are schemes where the unemployed word for a company for 12 weeks for no salary, but not losing any benefits.

After that the company is expected to take them on permanently.

In practice larger employers routinely find ways to avoid taking them on permanently, especially of they are disabled, and take on a new bunch of free workers.

There was a recent article on this in the UK involving a large supermarket chain. I cannot recall which one.


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JenJen0703 4 years ago from Cereal City U.S.A. Author

I agree! I know people who sell their food stamps and barely feed their kids to buy drugs and pay their bills. This is unfortunate for the people who really need the help but cannot get it because of these issues.


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JenJen0703 4 years ago from Cereal City U.S.A. Author

We live in an age where equal opportunity applies to those who are disabled, and they have no luck finding jobs because of their disabilities. It is beneficial for companies to hire disabled workers, but they are afraid of the liabilities involved, I believe.


Val 4 years ago

I think the drug testing for government benefits is an excellent idea. Aside from the safety issues, child endangerment, neglect, etc...there is also the very real law that indicates it is illegal to use narcotics. It is not legal in every state to smoke weed, so those little cards don't apply everywhere. All this talk about the fairness of these poor drug addicted junkies who buy drugs instead of food for their kids is just downright foolish. The people who truly need the benefits will not be affected by random drug tests, just as sober employees will not be affected by random drug tests. The purpose of drug testing is not to discriminate against anyone. Drug testing should be done to possibly encourage junky parents to straighten up. Did I mention before that drugs are illegal? Hmm, that could be another good reason for drug testing persons receiving government aid. Not to mention, people get fired from jobs they work hard at if they fail a drug test. Shouldn't it also apply to the people receiving government aid? Sounds fair to me.


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JenJen0703 4 years ago from Cereal City U.S.A. Author

Thanks, Val. I agree with your analysis 100%. If they drug tested welfare recipients, a significant amount of crime would drop, too. Too many welfare recipients are sitting around collecting money they don't really need.


Michael Castberg 4 years ago

They should not only drug test people on welfare. Also test people at schools. This has been

messed up for years. Drugs are in schools Why not Break that chain. We all have to put an end to this.


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JenJen0703 4 years ago from Cereal City U.S.A. Author

Thanks for your comment Michael. Unfortunately, the war on drugs will never be won. However, testing all people who receive government-assisted funds would definitely save the states some money. So many programs are being cut back because of budget cuts (ie: school classes), I figured this is one way that could help. Have a great weekend!


JoSe 4 years ago

Everyone that applies for anything should be required to pass a drug test and that includes a job. Tax payers will someday say enough is enough, so are they all going to be put in prison, if they don't pay their taxes? I feel why should I pay for people to get free food. I pay for our food, so they should also pay and not get it free. Don't have children unless you will provide for them because we didn't make your babies, so why should we feed them.


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JenJen0703 4 years ago from Cereal City U.S.A. Author

"Welfare" is a broad term to include cash assistance to families, Social Security Disability, unemployment, and any other government agencies that help meet financial needs. I agree, don't have kids unless you can take care of them. But, disaster does hit families, so there are no guarantees that a financially stable family might not need help later in life. Are there too many people having babies to draw welfare? Absolutely! But, that's not all of them. Thanks for reading my hub! :)


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Cassie Smith 4 years ago from U.S.

I don't think people in welfare should be drug tested. It's pointless. Employers do a drug test for applicants initially as a safety issue but it seems that employers now use it to screen out a potentially bad worker. This doesn't apply to people on welfare. Welfare is supposed to assist people who are down on their luck for whatever reason and addiction is a reason. If you have drug tests you are screening out people who need the help.


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JenJen0703 4 years ago from Cereal City U.S.A. Author

How about requiring drug treatment or support group of NA meetings? I know too many people who are cheating the government of money who don't need the help. It's people like those who make it more difficult for people in need to access money. Thanks for your Cassie.


dlock5881@yahoo.com 4 years ago

over the years i have known many people got as much as $400 to$500 dollars a week for unemployment.a lot of them woke up whenever they wanted to and do what ever they wished.that includes people who drank and smoked pot all day every day.people say"there is nothing in my field" or "i cannot find a job" unemployment benefits are the most abused


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AlexK2009 4 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

I note comments about cheating the government of money. In the UK the total amount of such fraud is estimated as 1% of total welfare spending, and 0.3% of total government revenue. I am not saying it should not be curbed, but that stopping it may cost more than is recovered and that even if stopped it would make no difference other than providing more money to bail out bankers bonuses.

So has anyone got comparable statistics for the US or is this just envy of people who wake up whenever they want and do whatever they want? If it is envy why not apply the same comments to the rich?


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JenJen0703 4 years ago from Cereal City U.S.A. Author

I agree, there are many people abusing the financial assistance they are receiving from the government. Mandated drug testing and drug rehabilitation should be required for clients to receive help. This would help our economy's financial state, for sure.


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JenJen0703 4 years ago from Cereal City U.S.A. Author

I did not retrieve current statistics because I do not think they would be completely accurate. I am going by what I have learner, not just from the reports I did the for the psychiatrist, but also from what I have witnessed, personally, from those who have are receiving benefits.

For example, I know one girl who gets Social Security Disability, child support, financial assistance from Department of Human Services which include cash benefits, medical benefits, and food stamps. She soaks the government so much, that she has caretakers that come to her house for her "medical problems" who clean her house and cook her food. She has a medical marijuana card, so she basically sits in her bedroom all day, watching TV and getting high with her friends. She is very smart and capable of working, but she has played the system for several mental disorders. So, she also receives good prescription drugs, which instead of taking as prescribed, she sells them on the streets. She makes a lot of money every month and can afford to own a car and have cable television. Oh, let's not forget all the churches she scammed because she lied and told them all she had cancer.


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AlexK2009 4 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

Ok. but if you know the margin of error in the statistics they should at least indicate whether your intuition on the scale of the problem is right or you are just being exposed to a non representative sample perhaps because of your work.

I understand your attitude. I used to have similar ones till I started looking at the bigger picture and realised 95% of all political statements about welfare fraud were based on prejudice not statistics.

I said to my MP one estimate was so low that the percentage was less than supermarkets lost from shoplifting, and six months later the estimate the government was quoting was 20 times higher.

So now I am skeptical about all such figures, no matter where they come from. But some are less unreliable than others


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JenJen0703 4 years ago from Cereal City U.S.A. Author

I agree on some levels with what you are saying. I wish I had accurate statistics, but much of this is based on previous work regarding psychiatric evaluations for Social Security and my experience with people I do know are on government assistance. Either way, I think that mandatory drug testing would definitely be an expense, but how many people would clean up their lives? That, by itself, would make a huge impact on the cost of living. How much money would be saved by the state for medical expenses? A ton of money is going to pay for medical care as a result of addictions, so there is more to my reason than just to drug test. People who are abusing the system would have to stop. There are plenty of therapists, group therapies, and NA/AA meetings that would help recipients get clean and stay clean.


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AlexK2009 4 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

I agree that recreational drugs cause a great deal of harm. At the risk og going seriously off topic, it might be better to treat drugs as a health problem rather than a crime problem. This would involve legalisation and an education campaign, and would perhaps make testing welfare recipients into a medical check as to their employability. Legalisation would also make the drug trade taxable which would offset the cost somewhat.

I thoink we are less in disagreement than would appear.


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JenJen0703 4 years ago from Cereal City U.S.A. Author

Well, I don't want to go off on a different course either, but I have to agree with you on legalization. That would be a tremendous help to the economy.


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mismazda 4 years ago from a southern georgia peach

I agree that ppl should be tested before getting assisatnce from the government., I know pleanty of ppl who are abusing drugs and getting assisstance from the government..and it is not ok with me. Voted up and interesting.


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JenJen0703 4 years ago from Cereal City U.S.A. Author

Thanks for reading my hub, mismazada. I, too, know quite a few people who are abusing the system and are on drugs or are alcoholics. They are selling their medications they should be taking for the disorders that they are drawing assistance for, as well as some of the food stamps that are provided to feed them. This is unfortunate for those who seriously need it, not to mention how much it extends the waiting list to even apply for assistance from Social Security Disability or other resources.


shelby 4 years ago

It is sickening and disgusting that I am working to pay for lazy peoples' drugs. ...For people who really need the help, okay I am happy to help provide some assistance. For the lazy pot heads who make society worse as it is, absolutely not!!! Get off your ass, get sober, and stop being a leech off of the productive people in society.


Whit 4 years ago

What about those that Do have full time Jobs like my mom for example She's a single mother and my father doesn't help out any but she needs the government assistance she's not just sitting back collecting she's goes to work Mon-Fri 8-5 working her butt off and comes home to take care of my brother and sister so she needs to be drug tested???? I think that this is RIDICULOUS There are people that actually need and just don't make enough to have enough food in the house and barely get by ....


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JenJen0703 4 years ago from Cereal City U.S.A. Author

This article is based on the people collecting benefits who are capable of working, yet won't. There are many people drawing benefits who are able to do simple work, like be a greeter at Walmart. While I understand there are plenty of people who do need benefits, there are many who abuse the privilege. I know people who have played the system, were able to collect disability, which automatically entitles them to food stamps and cash assistance through the Department of Human Services here in Michigan. One, in particular, gets plenty of psychotropic medications, so she sells her pills, has Medicaid pay for a caretaker to clean her house so she can lay in bed all day. She has scammed churches for money, saying she had cancer when she didn't. I have personally seen her tell people things were wrong with her when there wasn't. And, I won't forget my former next-door neighbors who were crackheads and spent every dime of their government money on crack. People like this are why the drug testing needs to be implemented. If employees have to routinely pass them to pay taxes for them to receive the benefits, then they should be tested. It would either A) push more addicts into recovery, or B) cut off their benefits and save the government some money.

If your mom doesn't do drugs, then she would have nothing to worry about taking a drug test, right? And, if she is using drugs (which MIGHT be the reason you want to defend her), then that would explain the POSSIBLE reason for her to need the extra assistance.

I am a single mother who receive NO help or child support from my sons' father. I receive some assistance, in the form of food stamps and Medicaid. So, I guess I understand your mother much better than you realize.

Thank you for stopping by and reading my hub.


avaa59 3 years ago

I do not believe that we who are on SSDI OR SSI have the funds for drugs. I suffer severe chronic pain from Peripheral Neuropathy caused by pesticide poisoning. I had an MRI and to my shock I had a fresh brain bleed and an old stroke which I never got help for. After paying rent, utilities, extra vitamins with lots of B12 and oxygen caps also I use oxygen at night as well as a nebulizer 3 times a day. Never the less I must drop a UA for drugs. I have no funds for drugs and get a kick out of the wasted tax dollars on testing pain patients when they are on opiates that our doctor prescribes for us or in my case me. I do agree there are those who do take advantage of SSI or SSDI but it really is rare. I have really studied this for quite some time now and have come to the conclusion that what is good for the goose is good for the gander, so all of Congress should comply with their new law. All who receive a government check should have to do what is mandated for us.

I compare this to the 2nd amendment , it is an invasion of our privacy and our quest for happiness and the ability to live life as we wish as long as we do no harm to any other human or animals. The war on drugs has been a huge failure and costs the taxpayers billions of hard working dollars. Yet the drugs still come in to our neighborhoods.

If you understood the UA system, those who do hard drugs can quit a week before their doctors appointment and give a clean Urine, however if a person smokes pot, it remains in the body for up to 30 days. So the UA is only busting pot heads. It is unfair. I suffer from COPD caused by a spill of acid at a tool an dye company. I got 50% lung damage right then and there, I was ignorant of the law and just went on with my life Now at 62 I am sick, being a hair stylist ended at 40 due to chemical sensitivity caused by the product in the pesticide. It ended my career. I am not lazy, nor do I sit on the couch and eat. I am 118lbs at 5'2 and look like I am in my 50's. It hurts me deeply that people think we are using the system. I have big news for the writer of this hub, it is very difficult to get SSDI OR SSI. It took me 10 years and I ended up being approved for the illness that was on every single application denials. I cried because if the doctors for social security told the truth I may have gotten the treatment I needed and not be sick as I am today. I loved working. I miss it, work gives us hope and friends and connections for a better life. It is now too late for me, but perhaps others may have better luck.

I saw a program on TV about this issue and there was a cop who got hurt and went on disability only later being seen as a bouncer at a biker bar. So I do understand your concern, but it isn't fair to paint us with such a broad brush.

I am constantly racking my poor brain to think of something I can do to give my life meaning and find happiness. Being on the system sure isn't it. Before my brain bleed, I was studying to be a magazine article writer. I wanted to travel around America to the rural areas and take photos and talk to the citizens about their lives in small townships. I would then submit my articles to travel magazines for great out of the way cool places to visit in America. However all came to a screeching halt after the bleed. I have ordered the new version of the program Dragon for now it has a device that will record the changes in voice tones and degrees. My voice changes a lot and the old program did not comply with my voice difficulty.

Thank you so much for bringing this subject to us I appreciate your article very much.

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