Essay on The Implementation Of Various Forms Of Drug Testing Policies

753 Words Dec 6th, 2015 4 Pages
McLaughlin (2013) argues that more than half of the U.S. states have proposed the implementation of various forms of drug testing policies. For example, the State of Florida has recently mandated that each individual who applies for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) should “pay for a urinalysis. If the results were negative, TANF funds would reimburse the applicant for the drug test; if the results were positive, applicants would become ineligible to receive TANF benefits for one year” (Wurman, 2013, p. 1154). In Ontario, Canada, such policies have been reinforced by “bureaucratic surveillance tools, such as Eligibility Review Officers (EROs), Welfare Fraud Hotlines and Drug Testing” (Maki, 2011, p. 55). These tools allow the government to monitor, approve, and deny the distribution of welfare resources according to the conditions previously established, such as passing a drug test (McLaughlin, 2013). In order to understand the rationale behind the implementation of such policies, it is important to analyze the root factors, and the possible benefits that could arise from monitoring the eligibility of welfare recipients through drug screening.
Regarding its cost-effectiveness, one concern of drug testing policies is to assure that the money collected from taxpayers is being used appropriately and not promoting illegal drug trade (McLaughlin, 2013). However, there have been debates whether drug screening will save taxpayers’ money or not. The opposition…

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