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posted 7/8/2013 3:22:52 PM |
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Someone told me about how Florida has a new law where those on assistance and those applying for assistance will have to submit to a drug test.

Applicants must pay for the drug test, but are reimbursed if they test drug-free. Applicants who test positive for illicit substances, won't be eligible for the funds for a year, or until they undergo treatment. Those who fail a second time will be banned from receiving funds for three years!

The above quote is from a friends face book page, who also works in the medical field.

I had often thought that those who are on assistance or applying for it should undergo a drug test. People applying for jobs have to, so why shouldn't those who want state aid not have to? But, what about the kids of these adults? What happens to them if the parent does test positive, and isn't given the funds? Especially if the parent is refused for 3 years? I'm perfectly fine with the adults not receiving if they are indeed abusing the system, but I have a problem with children suffering because of the actions of the parent who is supposed to provide for them.

And, is there any form of encouragement to get off the state dole? There was an attempt here in Michigan, recipients were allowed 6 years of state assistance, and then cut off, unless they showed they were trying to become self sufficient by taking classes to get a degree, or by showing they were looking for work or had a part time job. Civil rights organizations got involved, and the courts here reversed it. So it's back to square one. I totally understand that sometimes people need help. I'm all for it. And it probably is a small number, but, there are those who are abusing this also. And they get away with it.

From the little bit I posted, I see potential for problems: lawsuits of discrimination being a big one. I don't know.......on the one hand, I fully support the whole idea of drug testing welfare recipients, but then I think of the kids, and what happens to them? State takes them? Or they end up on the street with the parent who couldn't stop using?

It's not such an easy fix when one really stops to think on it.

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Jul 8 @ 3:49PM  
Only if they drug test the politicians passing these laws,

Since most of those will be tested have children or are senior citizens those are the ones this law would hurt not the person doing the drugs, just hope no one ate a poppy seed roll before testing because that test would light up like a Christmas tree, It sounds simple however I can see that law being abused by the government just to find a way of cutting benefits to those who really need it, Half the senior citizens could not pass a drug test, if they took meds that are still in their system and they no longer have a prescription for it are they going to take away grandma's food stamps? Remember this is going to be run by the government so I do not see anything good coming of it,

Jul 8 @ 8:08PM  
I could see this for habitual abusers.. those who are say, second or third generation welfare recipients. And yes, I know a bunch of em.

It was tried somewhere, my memory fails me, but the thing was, only like 2 out of the hundreds tested were positive. That's a waste of fundage on a program that already faces severe cuts if the Republican'ts get their way.

I don't have the answer to this one.. I'm for it.. and against it in the same breath..

Jul 8 @ 8:17PM  
You raise an excellent point about the funding, and the fact that there really isn't an easy answer to this.

Jul 10 @ 12:20PM  
They were considering this in Texas. They got the data on the costs of drug testing probationers and parolees. They concluded that the costs of tests the state would have to pay for, for those who passed would exceed the money they would save by eliminating those who failed.

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