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Drug Testing those on Welfare, is it a good idea???

Updated on August 25, 2014

In the news here in North Carolina, the House Speaker was facing a firestorm of criticism. He may have made a "poor choice of words" when he suggested the state "find a way to divide and conquer" people on public assistance. However he did stick by his other remarks about considering drug-testing recipients of welfare and other public money.

Is it really a bad thing to drug test those on welfare? Flordia doesn't think so! And I happen to agree with Flordia. Should the tax payers have to pay for drug habbits of people? Should tax payers have to pay the rent for a meth lab?

I understand that not all people on welfare are drug additcs. I have several family members who use state assistance and welfare for food and housing issues. I don't mind them being on welfare. What I do mind is the woman with no husband that has 7 kids and no way to support them so she goes to the state for help. Should we really have to pay for her to keep having babies when she can't take care of the ones she's already got? I do mind when a drug addict gives his EBT card to a drug dealer in trade for the dose they need until their next fix. I do mind paying the rent, electricity and water for the family on welfare that has a Meth lab in the basement.

Does this mean that all those familys should not be on welfare? I do think that if people on welfare can't pass a random drug test they should lose their welfare benefits. It's not right for the tax payers who are working hard to make money for their families to have to pay for those who aren't even trying.

Under a new Flordia law, people applying for welfare have to take a drug test at their own expense. If they pass, they are eligible for benefits and the state reimburses them for the test. If they fail, they are denied welfare for a year, until they take another test. Other states - including Alabama, Kentucky, Oklahoma and Louisiana - are considering adopting laws like Flordia's and I think that is a great idea!

I agree 100% that everyone on welfare should have to do a drug test. That doesn't mean search and seisure of their home or personal belongings, that means peeing in a cup. If you read down in the comments of that post there's a lot of people with a lot of ideas out there! In my opinion, if you aren't doing anything wrong there should be no problem doing the random drug tests. I don't know anyone who would make a big issue about it other then those who can't pass the test.

What are your thoughts?

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      Bonny OBrien 5 years ago from Troy, N.Y.

      Awesome hub! And I could not agree more with you . I feel people on welfare should be treated just like the rest of us that has to pass a drug test to get a job. Why should people on welfare get special treatment.

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      CassyLu1981 5 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      Exactly! Glad you enjoyed my hub. Thanks for the comment :)

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      KrisMarie 5 years ago

      I totally agree. Drug habits are expensive and people should really spend the money on necessities. Not to mention the government has issues funding those people who actually NEED these things having to at times turn people away because there simply isn't enough funding. This may open up funding and will most definately be a step in the right direction to put it in the hands of the truly deserving.

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      CassyLu1981 5 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      So true KrisMarie!!! We need to help those who actually NEED it. Hopefully it keeps going in this direction. Thanks for stopping by and the coment :)

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      HolBren21 5 years ago

      Even though I agree with drug testing wellfare recipients, the Fourth Amendment arguement is understandable. In my opinion, it's appreciating one's right to privacy. How far are you willing to let the government go with invading privacy? For example, say you are accused of downloading illegal music... now the government wants to step in, take your pc from home and your laptop you use for work. Would you let them do that without probable cause simply because you know you're innocent? Wouldn't that affect your work performance and means of communication? Some are willing to forfeit certain rights for government protection, while others are not. It is just a matter of how far you are letting the government go to uphold the law and if you feel the social contract is important enough to abstain certain rights.

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      CassyLu1981 5 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      HolBren21 - I understand where you are coming from with this comment and all but I don't think your comment is relevent to drug testing those on welfare. In order for most people to get a job and keep that job they have to pass random drug tests, so I don't think it is fair that people on welfare are allowed to get government money without having to pass a drug test. The government isn't regulating your privacy it is regulating the legality of people who can receive welfare. Thanks for reading :) and thanks for the comment :)

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      Smed 4 years ago

      My neighborhood is full of people who thrive on the system. Many also get 180 30mg Oxys they sell for $25 a piece. These people live a much better lives than those of us that work. We are talking about a huge difference in quality of life while I bust my ass and these people sleep til noon!

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      CassyLu1981 4 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      Smed - exactly. I just don't think it is right that our tax dollars should go to those habbits. Thanks for stopping by and the comment!

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