February 9, 2012

Lawmakers push drug testing for public benefits

Growing numbers of state legislatures and the U.S. Congress are considering proposals to require drug tests for unemployment and public benefits, according to a recent post from Faces & Voices of Recovery (FAVOR).

“FAVOR opposes drug testing requirements for public benefits because these proposed policies are misguided, ineffective and waste precious taxpayer resources,” FAVOR said in statement released Feb. 8.

The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a brief examining recent state and federal legislative proposals to require drug tests as a condition of Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program eligibility. The brief describes potential uses and limitations of drug tests in the context of welfare programs. During 2010 and the first half of 2011, 82 bills on this subject were proposed in 31 State legislatures and the U.S. Congress.

For more information on this issue and to access tools to take action in protecting the rights of recovering people, visit the FAVOR website.

Source: Faces & Voices of Recovery.

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