Should Welfare Drug Testing Be Legal? Essay

1524 Words Dec 9th, 2015 7 Pages
Welfare was established to help impoverished people maintain the minimal standard of well-being as part of America 's 'Great Society ' program.According to a recent study we have 110,489,00 Americans living on welfare that 's 35.4% of the U.S. population.(Welfare Statistics 2015) With an immense welfare population would it be ethical for states to require drug testing to "help with government spending?" Does drug use and poverty fall in the same category? Further research has been put into action to help consider the diverse views on Welfare drug testing.

Exploring the views of those who are for welfare drug testing have many reasons why it 's a "good idea." For some jobs one must agree to either get randomly drug tested throughout their career or before being employed. Does it seem fair for working taxpayers to get drug screened while those who aren 't paying taxes or working get to receive "free money" no questions asked? People clearly don 't want to support one 's bad drug habits. Many theorize enforcing drug tests will boost one 's self to stop the use of illegal drug and alcohol abuse and it’s not fair to ask taxpayers to pay for the drug dependency of those who are receiving welfare if they 're using the benefits to buy marijuana, cocain, meth, cigarrettes, alochol,etc. It will in fact “put an ease of mind” to the hard working taxpayers who assume that welfare applicants use their hard earned money tax dollars to buy drugs. In conclusion of drug testing,…

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