Drug Testing Welfare Recipients is “Compassionate”

Florida is already mired in courtroom proceedings over their new law mandating that all welfare recipients must submit to and pass a drug test in order to receive benefits. But despite the state’s court blocking the law as a violation of the fourth amendment, Ohio legislators are looking at implementing the same practice in their state.

Because, as one Republican law maker puts it, it’s the “compassionate thing to do.”

Via Think Progress, Ohio GOP state Sen. Tim Schaffer, the bill’s sponsor, claims “Implementing this bill is the compassionate thing to do. It will end the cycle of poverty by referring drug users to treatment and providing safety for children.”

That “for the children” excuse was one used by the Florida Republicans as well, with Florida Governor Rick Scott stating: “Welfare is for the benefit of children and the money should go to the benefit of children. This makes all the sense in the world.

Florida quickly learned that regardless of the legality of their plan, the actual testing itself showed that despite the Republicans’ assumptions, very few welfare recipients actually were using drugs. In fact, the percentage of welfare recipients using drugs was actually lower than that of the regular population.

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Jeanne R
Jeanne Rogers11 months ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Jeanne R
Jeanne Rogers11 months ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Jeanne R
Jeanne Rogers11 months ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Jeanne R
Jeanne Rogers11 months ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Jeanne R
Jeanne Rogers11 months ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Jerry H.
Jerry H.7 years ago

That pic, does that joint have a filter, wtf

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Jerry H.
Jerry H.7 years ago

shove your brand of compassion buddy, lets see you will arrest us, not give us rightful benefits, force us into programs that will humiliate the individual and harm our families, give unnnessecary and unwanted expense to the individual and to the taxpayer, someones got to pay for the counselors, monitors, etc & etc, then when you are finished with me I'm gonna roll up a fatty, in fact I will do it just like the rest of us who do it because WE WANT TOO

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Michael MacDonald

*it needs to end

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Michael MacDonald

oh and if they want to claim that putting drug addicts in jail helps the children
why don't some of you go and ask some children who lost their parents to children's aid and find out just how much it helped them. (sarcasm)

Losing your parents to children's aid is one of the most traumatizing experiences for a child.
they aren't at all soft with how they deal with these situations.
They'll yell and scream at the parents calling them monsters right in front of the children.
I've even seen one video where they police shot the kid's dog which was in a kennel for no reason what so ever while they were busting the guy for a small bag of weed.

I've seen one of these go down in person too,
and I've never seen anyone act so bigoted in my entire life.

the kid was crying their eyes out,
they're still messed up because of it,
and all of this was over a few grams of weed.
These were awesome parents that love their child more than anything too.

They sure are helping these kids. not.

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Michael MacDonald

there is nothing at all compassionate about drug testing welfare recipients.
In fact, this is an incredibly bigoted thing to do.

First of all, they are assuming that being poor inherently makes you a drug addict.
(stereotyping)
second, they are planning to violate the privacy of people simply because they're getting welfare.
(violation of privacy rights)
Third, putting people on the street or in jail because they have drug addictions is
the opposite of compassionate.

and for everyone who's on here trivializing the cause of ending prohibition:

go look at the death toll in Mexico because of this ideological war on drugs
and then see if you can still sleep at night.

30,000-40,000 died just this year.. up 11 percent from last year
and don't think that this isn't happening at home either.

Every time a young person is stabbed/shot after being called a rat, every time a young person kills themselves after being forced into prison, every time somebody dies doing tainted drugs, etc
it's because we're too ignorant to even take 5 minutes out of our days to research what's actually going on instead of just catering to our fears.

Also, it's just been found in a study that 90 % of drug users are either mentally ill or have experienced sexual/physical abuse in the past.
This means that 90 % of drug addicts are self-medicating their pain.

I don't know how anyone can still support this disgusting, bigoted law in the 21st century.
It's need to end.

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