Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Drug Testing

 http://reverbpress.com/news/another-gop-fail-0-2-percent-tennessee-welfare-recipients-found-use-illegal-drugs/

This article says that people who get welfare test positive for drugs only .2 percent of the time, versus 8% of the general population who are believed to use drugs.  They claim that over 80% of Republicans favor drug testing of welfare recipients.

I find it difficult to get upset that politicians are doing what the people who elected them to do. Also, does why does drug testing find such a small percentage of positive results. I used to be an HR manager and when we suspected people were using drugs and sent them to a drug test they typically simply did not show up for appointment because they knew they would test positive. 

What happens to those who don't keep their appointment or if they refuse a test and what percentage of the applicants fit that category? Is drug testing keeping welfare recipients from doing drugs since the positive test results are lower than the general population, or is that number an over estimate?  I suspect these numbers are not the full story; that's the view from the Hysterical Right Wing.

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