Arizona Spent Over $1.7 Million Drug Testing Welfare Recipients to Catch One Person


As you well know, many policies across America are counterproductive, and states' mandatory drug testing policies, which violate personal rights and constitutional liberty, have proven to be just that: Counterproductive and a complete waste of tax dollars.

Instead of allocating funds to drug testing those who need help, funds could be better spent on tangible solutions.




Millions of dollars, wasted


Data gathered by ThinkProgress shows:

…the seven states with existing programs—Arizona, Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Utah — are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to ferret out very few drug users.” 




In fact, the data shows positive test results are extremely rare - much rarer than the 9.4% drug use rate for the general population.

Arizona, for instance, began their mandatory drug testing program for applicants requesting aid in 2009. In the first three years of the program, 87,000 people were tested - and exactly 1 positive result returned, which saved the state a whopping $560. Now compare that against the cost of the program: The ACLU estimates the cost of each test at $42, meaning the total cost could be as high as $3.65 million. (Never mind the program was supposed to save money...)

In five years - through 2014 - the Tuscon Weekly reports there were three positive tests recorded Arizona. Three.

And Arizona's hardly the only state wasting taxpayer money in this way. Consider the following statistics and ask yourself: What do you think your money should be spent on? Hindering people, or helping them?

Missouri
  • Applicants for benefits that required drug screening, March 2013–September 2014: 69,587
  • Total required to take follow-up drug test: 1,646
  • Disqualified due to a positive drug test: 69
  • Adults disqualified for failing to complete required drug test: 711


Utah
  • Applicants for benefits that required drug screening, August 2012–July 2014: 9,253
  • Total required to take follow-up drug test: 1,878
  • Disqualified due to a positive drug test: 29
  • Adults disqualified for failing to complete required drug test: N/A


Tennessee
  • Applicants for benefits that required drug screening, July 2014–December 2014: 11,300
  • Total required to take follow-up drug test: 273
  • Disqualified due to a positive drug test: 24
  • Adults disqualified for failing to complete required drug test: N/A



Who benefits from these drug tests?

As always, follow the money: Drug-testing is a multibillion-dollar industry; the same people pushing for these tests are connected to the lobbyists and industry that makes money off of them - and now they're pushing for drug testing in schools to help make more money, despite how much of a waste the current testing programs are.

An entire trade association (Drug & Alcohol Testing Industry Association) has sprung up out of this arm of Big Pharma's lobby efforts.

But the fat cats keep making more money. In Florida, for instance, Governor Rick Scott outsourced the testing directly to his wife's company, Solantic, which makes millions. Of course, he transferred his $62 million company share to his wife, so there's obviously no conflict of interest - after all, married couples don't ever share their wealth with each other. 




And politicians nationwide are benefiting in similar ways. Instead of finding real solutions, politicians are using the poor as a scapegoat, fueled by bogus propaganda from Fox News and other questionable sources. As a result, their so-called fix for "wasteful government spending" is exactly what they decry against!


But what if there are better solutions?


What if we focused on why these families need assistance in the first place? What if the funds spent on testing were spent on actually helping people reform their lives?

What if the money was spent on helping educate, so people are better able to make informed personal health decisions, or if the money was spent on local food forests, or in drug addiction treatment, or in ending the corrupt relationship special interest groups have with congress?

Attention to the questions above could make a much bigger difference than mandatory drug testing ever will. Imagine if everyone had access to real, nutritious food - it's certainly something to ponder.






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