Research Paper: Drug Testing for WelfareHi! :) I did a research paper in my Junior English class this year, and my topic was whether or not we should require drug tests to be eligible to receive...

Research Paper: Drug Testing for Welfare

Hi! :) I did a research paper in my Junior English class this year, and my topic was whether or not we should require drug tests to be eligible to receive health care benefits. Me, thinking this topic would be untraditional yet well supported, was completely wrong. I started doing my research and quickly found that there was much opposition. I myself am for the act and that's the position I chose to take on my paper. I completed the paper, thank goodness, but now I'm curious. What do you think? Are you for, or against, the drug testing welfare recipients? And what is your reasoning?

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I am generally against this sort of a law.  First of all, I think that it is not really appropriate unless we are going to drug test everyone who gets any benefit from the government.  For example, I get a child tax credit.  Shouldn't the government drug test me to make sure that money is not going to someone who is a druggie?  

Also, I really think it is just a political thing meant to try to demonize people on welfare.  I doubt the law would really do much to help our economy or to help reduce the deficit.  

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

My debate team had this as a topic this year.  One of the most convincing arguments against it was that the cost to drug test everyone regularly would be prohibitive, compared to the cost of interventions if drug users are found.  The actual proportion of drug users is pretty small and not worth the huge added expense. 

dano7744 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I would vote for such a law. If someone expects government assistance, why can't the government expect them to be sober? Too many people in this country want a free ride. The middle class pays for everything. I can't go to my job under the influence of anything, can you?

bor | Student

A drug test is a search under the 4th AM, this is without question.

While the courts have permitted NON suspicionless searches before, I don't think it would survive Constitutional muster.