Substance abuse and public assistance has been an issue for discussion among policymakers since the public welfare system was reformed in the 1990’s – but it is only in the past five years that we’ve seen legislation and proposals from states and politicians to implement drug testing for public assistance applicants. Early in 2011, state proposals to implement drug testing began to gain momentum, and three states passed legislation for welfare drug testing programs. These states started what has become a very active trend across the country. Most states have proposed some form of drug testing for applicants to . . .
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