Note from Dan: In the past, certain posters here have ardently defended the practice of drug-testing folks on public assistance, under the theory (they claimed) that government should spare no expense in ferreting out welfare recipients with hidden addictions, and helping them move past those. A couple of states have actually done this, and Ron May presents some results.
“To date Arizona has tested approximately 87,000 potential welfare recipients for drugs. 1 potential welfare recipient tested positive.
To date Florida has tested approximately 51,000 potential welfare recipients for drugs. 21 potential welfare recipents tested positive.
Each drug test costs $42. Thus those two states have paid approximately $5.8 million in order to prevent 22 people from collecting less than $300,000 in welfare aid.
I guess that unless you live in Arizona or Florida you needn’t worry about wasting taxpayers’ money.”