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Drug Testing For Public Assistance? How About Drug Testing Our Legislators?

As of April, at least 8 states have instituted some form of mandatory drug testing for those who are in need of some manner of public assistance. In addition, another 29 states (mostly red states) have introduced legislation to introduce mandatory drug testing as part of their public assistance programs. I came across this article yesterday: The Myth of Welfare and Drug Use – The Daily Beast.  Think mandatory drug testing is saving us money? Check out this passage about drug testing in Utah:

The myth of welfare recipients spending their benefits on drugs is just that—a myth. And indeed, in Utah, only 12 people out of 466—or 2.5 percent—showed evidence of drug use after a mandatory screening. The total cost to the state was $25,000, or far more than the cost of providing benefits to a dozen people. The only thing “gained” from mandatory drug testing is the humiliation of desperate people.


 As tax payers, we pay thousands in order to catch and deny benefits to a little under three percent of those who are in need of government assistance. It would be cheaper to the public if we just paid out the damned assistance, and invested, oh, I don’t know, maybe some jobs programs? That would make too much sense though. I’m guessing that the Republican state legislators that voted in this law are probably in the back pockets of big pharmaceuticals. You know, the companies that make and sell these expensive drug tests. It’s just another example of how the “Haves” make billions from the debasement of the unfortunate. This is right up there with private run prisons, which are over run with people who don’t belong there. It’s about the money. Ya dig? Think about it: all of the clinics and doctors and lab techs that are needed to conduct these test – who foots the bill? The government of course. Who collects the money? Big medical and pharmaceutical corporations, an industry that has a huge lobby in state and federal government. It’s the perfect scam, almost as perfect as the car dealer wanting to charge you extra to put undercoating on your new car.

In other words, we’re paying for something that is simply not fucking needed. You know who needs to pee in a cup? Republicans: they live in such a world that is so far removed, that they must be on something good. How else can their collective behaviors be explained?

  1. Sedate Me
    September 20, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    I think The Daily Shows ambush of Floriduh’s Governor “You get public money, so here’s your cup to pee in” said it all. Floriduh social assistance recipients tested lower than the estimated Floriduh average.

    Not just this social assistance drug test, but all workplace drug tests, are about fear and humiliation. Who the fuck cares if Fred in accounting likes to smoke weed on Friday nights? As long as he does his job well, it’s none of the company’s business!

    Just like monkeys pissing on each other in a zoo, forcing people to piss on themselves upon the order of their boss is ALL about establishing dominance. Other than getting “legitimate” grounds for dismissal of people they don’t like, establishing dominance is its ONLY purpose. Are the 2-3% social assistance recipients who test positive going to get drug treatment paid for by the state? I don’t even have to look that up to know they’re just going to get cut off. That’s because cutting them off is the real motive, not getting them clean.

    Employees are quickly becoming little more than slaves in this society and social assistance recipients are worth even less than that. What the hell ever happened to civil rights?


    • September 21, 2013 at 2:33 am

      I agree with you on all counts. Drug testing is nothing more than a humiliating boondoggle. In the industry I used to work in, part of my job was sending my drivers for mandated drug tests. Over 20 years, I’ve sent hundreds of people for drug tests. One person failed. It was a complete waste of time and money, and frankly, it was embarrassing for me to administer them. They are humiliating, and they made me feel less than human every time I had to take one.


  2. September 26, 2013 at 11:34 am

    Drug testing is also a lucrative industry. I wonder how many legislators have financial interests in those companies.


  1. September 28, 2013 at 5:58 am

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