Saturday, October 26, 2013

Drug Tests Falter as Way for States to Deny Public Aid


2. Category: Health/welfare

3. Level: National

4. This article concerns people who receive government aid.

5. The issue is whether or not drug testing government aid recipients is a waste of money or if it even works. This will affect people who receive aid because they will either be drug tested regularly or be tested under suspicion.

6. My view on the issue is I don't think the regular drug testing is that effective. I feel like people who receive government assistance can't really afford drugs often so there wouldn't be too many people testing positive. If there are not a lot of people who are testing positive for drugs then it becomes a waste of money to have these programs. That money could be used to give a little more to the recipients who receive government assistance. I think suspicion-based testing would save money because it would only be for people who are more likely to test positive rather than wasting money on every individual.

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