Only 2.6% of welfare applicants test positive

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Not surprisingly, drug testing of welfare recipients does not confirm the assumptions of supporters:

Of the 4,086 applicants who scheduled drug tests while the law was enforced, 108 people, or 2.6 percent, failed, most often testing positive for marijuana. About 40 people scheduled tests but canceled them, according to the Department of Children and Families, which oversees Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, known as the TANF program.

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  1. Good to see some sense in this issue – there are way too many people who yammer on about “welfare queens” being on drugs and getting public money. It’s just not true, and it’s a myth that’s hurting entire communities. And even in the cases where welfare recipients are on drugs – how is denying them food money going to help them in any way? Addicts need treatment, not stigmatization.