Drug Testing Welfare Recipients:
Proposal to Drug Test Welfare Recipients
There are approximately 30 million Americans on some sort of welfare right now. In 2010, the United States Federal Government spent $0.8 trillion toward welfare. The amount spent on welfare in 2010 is one of the top expenses, money spent on defense and healthcare were the highest expenses, but welfare was third (Chantrill, Christopher). The main purpose of an economic welfare system is to assist citizens who are not able to support themselves or their families due to unemployment, underemployment, hardship, unskilled labor capacity, disability, or other similar reasons. So why are there some many Americans that solely rely on welfare benefits? Welfare recipients should be drug tested. Testing for drugs among welfare recipients would save the US Government millions of dollars, it would help many Americans overcome their illegal drug habits, and taxpayer’s money would not support somebody’s illegal drug use.
Not all welfare recipients use illegal drug. Actually, statistics show that the use of illegal drugs is slightly higher among unassisted families than assisted families. “The prevalence among persons in assisted families (9.6 percent) is higher than among persons in families receiving government assistance (6.8 percent)” (NHSDA). The problem is not who is using drug but that welfare recipients should not be given money from the government to pay for their drug addiction. People with history of drug convictions or drug history should be drug tested before receiving welfare benefits. Drug testing welfare recipients would save the United States Government because welfare recipients that submit a faulty drug test would be cut off from benefits for a year, saving the government money. One drug test cost from $10.00 - $50.00. Yes, that can add up, but it is better than the government spending on average $44,400 per year for a low income family of four (Rector, Robert, Katherine...
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