Drug Test For Welfare Applicants Is Not Cost-Effective
According to the last week report made by Associated Press, there is no need for drug test for those who applying for subsidy from the government. The initial result of the Florida that required to pass a drug test for welfare applicants proves that there is no need for the law as most of people applying for assistance are more likely to use the money on something else than use it for their drug habits.
Out of the 2,000 of the welfare applicant, there are only around 2.5 percent tested positive on drug use ever since the law started back in July. An added 2 percent did not take the test as they do not want to spend their money on the drug test.
The Justice Department approximates that 6 percent of Americans that 12 and older exploit prohibited drugs. Meaning average workers are more prone to drug use than the people that are seeking assistance from the government.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott once said that the law is going to save the state some cash in the long run since it weeds out people, who are using drugs.
However, the results disagree with what the governor claims. Meaning Florida residents pay for the drug testing - and they will be footing the bill for the lawsuits that have been, and possibly be filed to contest the mere foundation of such a law.
The American Civil Liberties Union currently challenges the law as they believe that it violates welfare applicants' constitutional right against excessive searches. Therefore, a federal appellate court struck down a similar Michigan law in 2003.