Pass drug tests to benefit from welfare

Published 3:10 pm Tuesday, May 12, 2009

If you counted up all the money paid out by our federal government to individuals for food stamps and welfare, it would total hundreds of millions of dollars. Everyone on welfare goes through an application process and they do have to be approved, just as those of us who apply for jobs.

The difference, however, is that no questions are asked about whether these individuals use drugs. There is no test. This is where I feel there is a problem.

When I was job searching recently, I had to give prospective employers urine samples. I have no problem with this exercise because I know it protects employers, potential employees and other employees.

Employees pay taxes out of each paycheck, which go towards helping individuals who may be having a difficult time and need help getting back on their feet.

However, there are a lot of individuals that are on welfare for life. If these same people were told they have to pass a drug screening test, just like those of us that work, how many could pass?

I’m sure there are a lot of people that would pass a drug test with no problem. On the other hand, I feel there would be just as many that would not pass.

That being said, isn’t it only fair that the individuals that receive help from government agencies be asked to do the same as the working force? Pass the drug screen and you will continue to receive help. Fail it and you are on your own.