Welfare Recipients Get Drug Tested In NC Here Are The Results
Welfare has always been a sore subject amongst American taxpayers who pay into a program that supports many non citizens or citizens who don’t deserve the financial support they receive.
Many welfare scandals occur throughout America, most commonly using government provided food stamps in order to sell for cash. Therefore many Americans believe that in order to receive welfare a recipient should be able to pass a drug test so as to prove the support is being provided for a good cause and not to promote drug use.
North Carolina is the first state to pass a bill allowing drug testing for welfare recipients despite the bill being originally vetoed by Republican governor Pat McCroy. However even with legislation pushing the bill through the situation hasn’t been improved thanks to a poor operating procedure. Since the bill went through not only has the overall sample size been minimal, the actual drug testing is only required if the welfare representative feels that the applicant displays attributes of someone on drugs.
After the Republican North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory vetoed a bill to test welfare recipients for drug abuse, the state legislature overruled his veto. The law went into effect.
More than 7,600 people applied for the Work First program, but only 89 of them were tested for drugs. Out of the 89 people tested, 21 were found to have illegal drugs in their system. That means that out of the sample tested, almost 25% of the welfare recipients tested positive for drugs. Is this number higher or lower than what you expected?
Social workers asked applicants about their drug use. Any suspicion of drug use led to a drug test. If the applicant was convicted of a drug offense in the last three years, they automatically were tested.
Even though almost one quarter of the sample tested positive, Democratic State Senator Gladys Robinson is quoted as saying that the program is a waste of the state’s money.
“They found very few applicants,” Robinson said, according to WRAL. She continued, “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.”