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Drug Tests For Welfare Recipients?

Do you need food stamps, unemployment benefits, or welfare? Well you better be prepared to submit to random drug testing in at least eight states that are considering a new law. Perhaps looking for a way to cut welfare expenditures, these states are prepared to restrict the safety net to drug-free citizens.

A West Virginian state legislator reckons that "If so many jobs require random drug tests these days, why not these benefits?"

Civil liberties and poverty advocates have an answer for him: requiring drug testing would make the poverty situation worse (even more tent cities?) by discouraging people from seeking assistance. But maybe that's the whole point.


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