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Welfare Recipients Forced To Get Drug Tested - The Results Are In

Turns out requiring people on welfare to be drug tested is just a waste of taxpayers time and money according to North Carolina legislators. The North Carolina State Legislature overruled Republican Gov. Pat McCrory’s veto of a bill to test welfare recipients for drugs and he’s basically saying “I told you so.”

Only 89 of 7,600 recipes of their Work First program were tested. Only 21 of them or .3 percent tested positive for illegal drugs. According to AWM.com, the national and state average for drug use is 8 percent and non-welfare recipients are 26 times more likely to abuse illegal drugs than welfare recipients according to the state’s findings.

Those enrolled in the program were asked about drug use by their social workers. If you were under suspicion of using drugs then you would be drug tested. Those who had drugs in their system were tested. Anyone with a drug offense in the last three years were automatically tested. Those with drugs in their system were disqualified for benefits and were forced to pay a $55 fee for the drug test and had to pay for any drug treatment involved.

“They found very few applicants,” Democratic State Sen. Gladys Robinson said, according to WRAL. “Plus, the process is already in place in terms of asking questions and making those referrals. So, we just wasted state dollars, in terms of that piece of legislation and in terms of the time and staff all across the state.”

Source: AWM
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