Recently the New York Times posted this article on their website that some states including Arizona and Missouri have passed laws requiring people who want social welfare benefits to pass a drug test (in the form of a urine sample). The benefits they need screening for include assistance with public housing and food stamps.
Those supporting these laws argue that drug tests are common in job application processes now anyway, and working people would be unhappy knowing that their money supports illegal activities. Opponents to the drug-testing laws believe that such requirements vilify people who seek out social welfare, and the fact that they exist imply that low-income people use drugs.
Many of our clients at the Suitcase Clinic receive some form of public assistance. How do you feel about laws like these? Any comments?