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Mandatory drug testing for those receiving public assistance/welfare aid has become a controversial issue in State legislatures across the US lately

Mandatory drug testing for those receiving public assistance/welfare aid has become a controversial issue in State legislatures across the US lately. Proponents of drug testing worry that people on public assistance will use taxpayer dollars to buy illegal drugs. They argue that removing drug users from public assistance programs saves public money, and will provide needed counseling to those who abuse illegal drugs. However, drug testing is an expensive, ineffective way to reduce illegal drug use. These strictly punitive laws prevent people in need from receiving jobless benefits and do nothing to offer help through drug counseling. Mandatory drug testing for those receiving public assistance/welfare aid should not be performed because it does not work, it aims to solve a problem that does not exist, and it does not address the real issues of welfare fraud and abuse of the system.

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