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Should Welfare Recipients Be Required to Pass Drug Tests?

Should Welfare Recipients Be Required to Pass Drug Tests?

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In a nation where hard work is revered and self-reliance is a virtue, it’s high time we ask: Should welfare recipients be required to pass drug tests? This question stirs up a storm of debate, yet it’s crucial to our understanding of responsible governance.

Welfare, a system designed to aid those in need, has unfortunately become a safety net for some who choose not to contribute to society. Is it fair that honest, tax-paying citizens fund a lifestyle that may potentially be riddled with drug abuse?

This isn’t about demonizing the less fortunate. It’s about ensuring that our hard-earned dollars are used to uplift those genuinely in need, not to subsidize substance abuse. It’s about accountability and respect for the taxpayers’ money.

So, we ask you, our readers: Should there be mandatory drug tests for welfare recipients? Is it an invasion of privacy or a necessary measure for fiscal responsibility? Your opinion matters in this heated debate. Let’s ensure that our welfare system serves its true purpose: to provide a temporary helping hand, not a permanent crutch.

What do you think? Let us know by participating in our poll, or join the discussion in the comment section below!



  1. Mike

    July 8, 2024 at 7:06 am

    I said no, only because the few states that do it spent more on drug testing than was saved by catching drug users and kicking them off. If it was effective in saving money or even broke even I’d 100% say yes

    • Joseph Barwinczok Jr

      July 8, 2024 at 9:19 am

      in the 70’s they required a drug test for welfare. I didn’t know it stopped.

    • chief1937

      July 8, 2024 at 11:02 am

      You have a point however it is not proper for hard working people to have to support someone who spends their time using drugs instead of working and contributing to society. The Bible says ” If one does not work then they should not eat” makes sense to many. We as a nation have produced a generation that seems to think the country owes them a living according to standards they set.

  2. Anne Sammut

    July 8, 2024 at 7:17 am

    I’m saying no because this would be deemed as an infringement on their rights.
    Also in my opinion this would need to apply to everyone, everywhere all the time!!
    There are issues concerning human and humane rights on this particular issue, afterall the possibilities of mental illness is quite high regarding this topic.

    • Michele

      July 8, 2024 at 9:00 am

      They are raking taxpayer money. If they don’t want to comply they can get a job. Pretty simple.

    • Joseph Barwinczok Jr

      July 8, 2024 at 9:21 am

      What about the infringement on taxpayers who have ni say how are tax dollars are spent?

    • Bill

      July 14, 2024 at 9:11 am

      No infringement on their rights when they get free money out taxpayers pockets.

  3. Randy

    July 8, 2024 at 7:20 am

    In my area the so called are so lazy if you gave them a job laying down would get up and leave to look for drugs or say are disabled or addicted just to keep from working when they do work for cash money system sucks I have worked all my life just so I can make ends meet and raise my family

  4. Gail Mickle

    July 8, 2024 at 8:12 am

    I’m an older citizen. This behavior of soaking the system hasn’t changed. Drug use is obvious when giving users Narcan along with doses! Stop giving it.Stop free rides. Prohibit panhandling,camping at exits, ramps,and stop allowing our hotels to become forever homes. Enabling idiots is liberalism ignorance. Shame.

  5. Dr. Caligary

    July 8, 2024 at 9:12 am

    You should have had 3 choices; NO, YES and ABSOLUTELY!

  6. Dan Heartsill

    July 8, 2024 at 9:59 am

    Yes they should.Many of us take drug testing to keep our jobs (income) so why should the ones having it handed to them be different?

  7. Jack

    July 8, 2024 at 11:46 am

    Politics is violence; it is force. Manmade political governments are wicked; they are immoral. That said, the people who cheat the taxpayers should be compelled to submit to drug screenings.

  8. Tracy

    July 8, 2024 at 2:21 pm

    Time to stop the handouts. This system has been abused for so long! Most people on it are abusing it, getting a free ride because they are so lazy. This system needs a complete overhaul. It would save the tax payers a lot of money! Drug testing should be mandatory!

  9. Vickie Ritchie

    July 8, 2024 at 5:24 pm

    I wish that could be the case but what about the poor children that are hungry, don’t do away with food stamps!

  10. Jerry C.

    July 8, 2024 at 6:28 pm

    Fail a drug test (including pot), lose your benefits (and your kids) for 6 months. Fail a second time, lose benefits (and kids) permanently. No more taxpayer-subsidized partying & addiction and no more allowing junkies to ruin their children!

  11. Ruth

    July 9, 2024 at 5:31 pm

    Taking a drug test might be an incentive for them to stay off drugs. Yes they should definitely be tested,

  12. Melonie Elliott

    July 14, 2024 at 7:10 am

    They will find ways to get a negative on those tests. There is a test kit now that has real pee and evens warms it. Trust me there are ways people are getting around them now to get pain medication.

  13. ernaldo

    July 14, 2024 at 3:27 pm

    No, six more months and welfare is KAPUT! Find a job, a hubbie, a winning lottery ticket, etc or STARVE!

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