Sun, April 10th, 2011 - 4:46 am - By Gordon Basichis
As a background screening service, Corra Group conducts a fair amount of drug tests. Be it the different drug tests for employment screening, the Department of Transportation, or DOT compliant Drug Tests we arrange for candidates and drivers to be tested throughout the entire United States. We provide this service for a good many healthcare industry staffing groups and hospitals, as in most cases these facilities require the twelve panel drug tests. In all, we pretty much cover the waterfront on drug tests as part of background checks.
So it is small wonder we noticed this article on Fox News where states are considering mandating drug tests for welfare recipients. The idea, I suppose, is so that welfare recipients don’t exchange their scant cash and food stamps for illicit drugs. At that, I am reminded of the old John Prine song, “There’s a Hole in Daddy’s Arm Where All the Money Goes.” It’s strange sometimes what flashes into one’s brain. But, yes, there is some logic to mandating drug tests for welfare recipients as the states do not want to see what little money they have in tough economic times going for drugs and not milk and such for the kids. Surely tax payers, already stretched in a bad economy, are in no mood to see their tax money being paid out for illegal drugs and not food and essentials.
The other issues is whether drug addled welfare recipients will ever be able to put themselves back on their feet. If they are addicted or just stoned all the time, it’s hard to gain the necessary skill sets or find even a menial job. Not when the economy made even menial jobs so hard to come by.
Certain advocates see it different. Advocates for the poor and civil groups believe Poverty the strategy could backfire. Some needy folks would be discouraged or less inclined to seek financial aid, which presumably would make desperate situations that much worse. Is this a way of justifying that welfare recipients should have their drugs and their food to eat? I don’t know. I certainly see that as a point of contention for those concerned with cutting government budgets and expenditures.
It will be interesting to see how this plays out. I would love to read opinions on this one.