There is an ongoing debate on whether drug testing of welfare recipients is legal in many of the local state governments. This paper hopes to expand on some of those topics in a pro vs. con setting. The Pros and Cons of Drug Testing Welfare Recipients Pros - Most jobs require drug testing before and during employment Testing poor and working people for drugs is not a new idea. It’s a trend that picked up significant steam during the war on drugs when in 1986, President Ronald Reagan issued an executive order requiring all federal job applicants to pee in a cup. The order was quickly followed by the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, which required employers with federal grants to keep their businesses drug-free.
Thomas v. Union Carbide Agric. Products Co. 473 U.S. 568 (1985) Judicial History: Under the authority of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); Federal Insecticides, Fungicides, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), manufacturers were required to register their pesticides. EPA had a “me-too” process that allowed for the pesticide equivalent of generic drugs. Monsanto Corporation sued because EPA was making them publicize trade secrets, which they claimed was a taking. Congress reiterated in Section 3(c)(1)(D)(ii) of FIFRA that EPA should make administrative decisions about how much money these manufacturers would get for damages from loss of their trade secrets.
www.npr.org> News>U.S., “Should Welfare Recipients Get Drug Testing?” Retrieved from: (http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=125387528) This story relates to a proposed bill introduced in the state of Kansas by Kasha Kelley. This bill requires a large portion of the state’s welfare recipients be tested for drug use. Her passion portrayed in this bill was overwhelmingly received by the Kansas House but has not has not won the Senate approval. The argument among other states and the Senate is two issues. One being the unconstitutional intrusion based on the 4th Amendment, and the other reason being the cost of the test and the testing procedures.
“These drugs were involved in 14,800 overdose deaths in 2008, more than cocaine and heroin combined.” (Center of Disease Control and Prevention, 2013) The Centers of Disease Control has put stress in creating policies and state drug laws that are to be abided by; this also helped create various new pharmacy laws. The United States is faced with an epidemic that has shown no signs of slowing down. The California Department of Public Health look at the states statistical number comparisons and isolated incidents due to opioid related overdoses and death. California’s response to this national epidemic has created a work group to help address the issue at a statewide level. This workgroup is called the “Prescription Opioid Misuse and Overdose Prevention Workgroup”, this group will look over major roles and policies with health care professionals and settings to find any flaws in their systems, and receive feedback from the professionals that deal with the problem everyday with opioid
Coca Cola had been manufactured with cocaine until the discovery that cocaine was addictive. The war on drugs has cost the government and the public trillions of dollars and the war does not have a minimal impact on winning. More people are being arrested for drug-related charges against them. Drugs do not stop at the prison gates The drug scene rages in prison. Drugs are more profitable in prison than on the street.
The debate on drug courts therapy is a main problem with politics with race, poverty, and drug cities (p.417). According to (Miller, 2009, p. 417) “Between 1986 and 1991, the number of white drug offenders in state prisons increased by 110 percent, but the number of black drug offenders rose by 465 percent”. Drug courts were ultimately used for overloaded court cases resulting in congested prisons (p.417). Programs were developed because of drug arrests and offenses that introduced drug courts (p.417). The role of the drug courts is to deter drug offenders and abusers from incarceration and into treatment programs (p.417).
Prisons are overcrowded and the price to keep a person in prison is very costly. In the spring of 2002, Webster Alexander who attended the Lawrence County High School of Alabama was arrested under the charge of selling marijuana to students. Alexander pleaded guilty and received a sentence of twenty-six years in prison. The cost of keeping Webster Alexander in prison, is far too much than necessary (its seems like this sentences refers to the years sentenced rather than the cost of keeping Webster in jail for 26 years). Due to high criminal rates and the unwise decisions to imprison people with non-violent marijuana offenses because the illegality of the possession of marijuana is sought to be far more severe than the murderous crimes our society encompasses.
Jeffrey Shaver Dr. Townsend ENG 1113 326 10 November 2014 The Need for Drug Policy Reform Throughout the 20th and 21st century, the United States government has constantly combatted the illegal drug industry. The results of these costly efforts can be described as modest at best. As lawmakers and domestic organizations increase the penalties and consequences of illegal drug offenses, the problem only seems to grow steadily without inhibition. Decades of failed harsh enforcement is long enough to realize that the current policy is not going to work. The answer to this issue is to decriminalize drugs.
Why are those countries receiving unprecedented numbers of refugees from the three countries? Honduras is the murder capital of the world. We know that their—that the democratic fabric of Central American societies were broken down during the ’70s and ’80s during civil war conflicts. We put a lot of money in when it came to guns and when it came to bullets. It is time for us to help reconstruct civil society in those countries where children know that if they have to call upon the police, the police are there to protect them.
The main thing that is hurting our country right now is violence, when you read the news about Chicago they had more murders then the soldiers in Iraq due to gang violence. Furthermore if the police love arresting criminals they should arrest all the thugs and send them to prison because they are the problem. Arresting somebody for drugs is not that Title: Non-Violent Criminals Should Be Punish With Fines serious for being put behind bars that person should pay a fine for his or her punishment. Non-violent criminals have a recidivism rate of 3% according the Department of Justice. In other words a non-violent criminal has a slight chance of repeating the same