A 2012 study published by USAToday revealed some VERY interesting numbers when it comes to the whole notion that all people receiving welfare are drug users/abusers. Turns out there is data, cold hard facts, to back up that this simply isn’t true. Not only is it not true, it also turns out that it is not a money saver at all! We all knew this, though.
The USAToday editorial looked at two states who enacted laws requiring citizens who apply/are on welfare to submit to drug testing. Here’s the data:
In Arizona 87,000 applicants were tested for drugs. Number of positive tests: One
In Florida 51,000 applicants were tested for drugs. Number of positive tests: 21
It costs $42.00 per person for testing. That means testing companies have received $5.8 Million in tax payer money, in TWO STATES, to stop 22 people from collecting a total of $400,000.00 in benefits.
Fiscally conservative? I don’t think so.