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“Tennessee Drug Tests Welfare Applicants, Discovers Less Than One Percent Use Drugs”

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This August 7, 2014 Think Progress article talks about the finds that states who have implemented drug testing as a required test for welfare recipients are uncovering.  According to the numbers in the article the states that require drug testing find that roughly 1% or less of their applicants are using drugs.  in Tennessee, they found 0.12% of the 800 applicants were using drugs for a whopping total of 1 person out of 800 applicants.  The highest number of drug users cited in the article was 12 people in a single state during the course of the time after they began requiring drug screening.  Unless someone can show me data indicating that this is wrong, I’m going to go with the assumption that drug testing of welfare recipients is a waste of taxpayer money.

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