Poll: Should Welfare Recipients be Drug Tested?

On Monday, Gov. Nathan Deal signed into law requirements for parents who receive federal assistance to be tested for drugs before getting help.

Gov. Nathan Deal has signed into law drug-testing requirements for parents who receive financial help through the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.

Deal signed House Bill 861 into law on Monday, April 16.

It forces parents to pay for and take a drug test as a condition of receiving TANF assistance. According to an AJC report, the test would cost about $17 and is expected to begin in several weeks.

(Let us know what you think about this in the comment section below.)

It is likely to be challenged by groups that oppose the legislation and believe it violates constitutional rights. Similar legislation was enacted in Florida in 2011, and is currently be challenged in courts.

According to the AJC, Georgia officials have estimated 800 of 19,000 applicants would likely test positive for illegal drugs and be denied assistance.

So, what do you think, readers? Is this fair, or is the government overstepping its bounds? Take our poll below.

videl baka April 20, 2012 at 08:49 AM
I'm surprised how many people voted yes. Most people can't relate to being on welfare. And those who do or are still recipients can easily say, "Well, I'm not using drugs. So, I don't care because it doesn't effect me." But its thinking like this that allows the government to intrude on our constitutional rights. A great example of this is the Patriot Act. What I will say is if someone working at welfare suspects drug use, they should report it. After which, if the agent presents enough evidence to warrant an investigation into these accusations, a drug test should be issued. However, I would rather provide these individuals with services such as rehab than deny them welfare. Often times people do not humanize those receiving government aid. By doing so, its easy for people to discard them. What good would it do to deny someone, who is without a doubt in need of government assistance, welfare because because they have a drug problem? Would this person being homeless and a drug addict be less of a social issue? A large portion of the population in prison are non-violent drug offenders. Opposed to using my tax dollars for imprisonment of these individuals, I'd rather it be used to create or support rehab clinics and programs. If a recipient of welfare is a drug addict, allow them the opportunity for sobriety. Many drug addicts who are financially well off often relapse. To be realistic, so may the welfare recipient. They are only human. But I'd rather give them a chance.
videl baka April 20, 2012 at 10:17 AM
kayla April 27, 2012 at 04:30 PM
totally agree! I to know of many people who sell their EBT benefits for 50c on the $. I dont think there should be a test when you sign up for assistance but i do think that there should be random periods through the year when you must submit to a drug screen within an hour of getting a phone call. And I am not a biased person, I receive EBT benefits, for I am a single mother with 2 children. I work my butt off and assure you I can not afford to buy ribeye steaks with my benefits, the ones who can are the ones who are lieing about how many people are living in their house!! And if they do have a drug problem and need help, they have to want to get help, and the vast majority of the do not want help. If they are so far gone as to not get themselves clean so they can keep the benefits that feed their children, then they most certainly do not need to be the ones responsible for their children. They should be taken into state custody until the parent can decide their children mean more than the drugs
Mactificent April 27, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Does anyone have any facts about actual drug abuse of welfare/food stamp receipients? I hear alot of assumptions but not many facts. I agree if you give a drug test to recipients then test the lawmakers that made the law too. I've worked in politics and the one thing is that perception is often much different than reality.
Sandra Treadway March 24, 2013 at 05:18 PM
If I have to drug test to get a job, they should have to drug test to (receive money from my taxes) get Welfare as well


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