This paper will examine the current controversial issue of drug testing for welfare recipients.
In almost two dozen states there are plans to implement drug testing for welfare recipients. The reasoning behind the laws that are being proposed is that we as taxpayers should not have to pay for one’s drug addiction. They claim that each state could save hundreds if not thousands of dollars in assistance given to the people who use the system to support their drug habits. Rick Scott- R of Florida says that there is proven research that states “people on welfare have higher instances of drug abuse than those who are not on welfare” (SCOTT 2010). His supporters claim that from past situations they have shown that job training programs are more proficient if there is drug testing , that program participants have had reduced drug use . They contend that welfare recipient will have to choose between their drug habit and feeding their families. Those sponsoring the Drug testing bill claim that “If you can afford drugs, then you do not need to be on welfare” (Jerry Sonberg-2010).
The supporters of this bill also think that it helps welfare recipients get ready for the work force, as many companies require drug screening for employment.
One the other side of this issue the ACLU says that there is no research showing that people on welfare use drugs more than those who are not receiving public assistance.
The ACLU also contends that these laws are in direct violation of the fourth amendment rights (Search and Seizure). They said it is in fact profiling and is unconstitutional. The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida has filed suit against Rick Scott-R and the Drug testing laws which he is trying to pass. They claim that to single out one group of people has no cause in our constitution. The ACLU contends that they should require drug testing for those who give reason to believe there is a drug problem rather than for everyone on... [continues]
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