Drug Testing Controversy

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Controversy Regarding Drug Testing Welfare Recipients Drug testing can be used in a variety of ways such as, by employers for employment, by law enforcement for drug usage monitoring, and by medical professions for medical reasons. Drug testing for welfare recipients has become a largely controversial issue among citizens today. The bill states that all applicants for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) must be drug tested prior to receiving funds. Applicants will pay for their own drug test and then get reimbursed once the test is found to be negative. Several questions come to mind: Does the cost of testing outweigh the results, Is it worth allocating funds for that purpose, Does this law save money in the long run, and…show more content…
Many wonder why citizens are subjected to drug testing without probable cause. A federal judge in Florida, by the name of Mary Scriven, “issued a temporary injunction against the state, writing in a 37-page order that the law could violate the Constitution’s Fourth Amendment ban on illegal search and seizure” (Catalanello 1). If drug testing welfare applicants is made to be a part of the application process, in the same way to obtaining a new job, then it should not be called a violation of the Fourth Amendment. A gentleman by the name of Luis Lebron, “met all the criteria for receiving welfare, but refused to submit to a drug test on the grounds that requiring him to pay for and submit to one is unreasonable when there is no reason to believe he uses drugs” (Catalanello 1). Previous to applying for aid, applicants should be made aware of all the requirements including passing a drug test. There shouldn’t be any feelings of insult if you’re getting free government aid in return. At some point you have to choose what is most important in life and do what is right. Governor Rick Perry recently endorsed the bill stating, “Every dollar that goes to someone who uses it inappropriately is a dollar that can't go to a Texan who needs it for housing, child care or medicine” (Delaney 1). He also stated that even if there wasn’t a large amount of users applying for aid that it was still the right…show more content…
As previously stated, we as citizens should take the time to evaluate the need for drug testing welfare recipients to ensure that our tax dollars are being spent adequately. In my opinion, I feel that drug testing should be a requirement in general just as it is when applying for a job. Many companies and even college programs require that each applicant submit for drug testing and it is not considered an invasion of privacy. It is simply part of the application process. I believe that the welfare programs should follow the same path. Abstaining from the use of drugs is only one feature of being personally responsible as an individual. If this drug testing requirement helps individuals follow a better path in life, then why

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