HSM-240 CheckPoint: Court Decisions
Judge stalls Mich. drug testing program for welfare applicants. Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Weekly, 10421394, 11/22/99, Vol. 11, Issue 45
I chose this one because of personal experience in the state of Virginia where I live, before EBT cards that we use now to buy food with before we got food stamps and the where half the value on the street where you could get cash or drugs. Almost all the public housing residents also received food stamps and you believe me most of them where traded for drugs because I am a recovering addict with almost 8 years clean I seen it done with my own eyes. Now with the EBT cards I am sure it is a lot harder to do so but I am sure that they have found a way to still do it. Now with the economy the way it is we have more and more people on welfare than in a very long time and I think that drug testing as a part of the application is a good idea. If they come back positive for drug use then there should be a special program for these people so they still get the assistance they need, but are put into programs that will help them get and stay clean and that they should be tested every three months. But at some point you have to draw the line because there are people out there that need welfare to take care of their families and can’t because someone who should not be getting it is. I disagree with the judge for stopping welfare applicants being tested for drug use because even marijuana is a drug and you would really be surprised what people do behind closed doors. Again I have to say at some point we have to draw the line America how long are we going to allow drug users to abuse the system that it set forth to help them not aid them in their drug use. And at a time when more and more people need help especially the youth, they need to know that life is not a free ride and that the help is there but you got to want the help more than the drug which let me tell you it is very hard to give up the...
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