Strayer University Should Welfare Applicants Be Drug Tested Annotated Bibliography

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Topic: Should welfare applicants be drug tested? (Yes, they should,I support it)
Pages: 5
Sources: 5
Format: APA
Deadline: 6 hours
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This essay should be 1000 words, excluding the required annotated bibliography.

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Running head: SHOULD WELFARE APPLICANTS BE DRUG TESTED

Should Welfare Applicants Be Drug Tested?

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Should Welfare Applicants Be Drug Tested?
The idea of random drug testing has been met with a lot of criticism as many are
questioning the intention of the government. In 2017, President Trump signed in a bill that
revoked the Obama-era rule that limited drug testing for American citizens who were receiving
unemployment benefits (Lovegrove, 2017). In fact, most Republican-led states are now drug
testing those receiving welfare in their state. This has been met with a lot of criticism with a key
argument being that such a policy would demonize the poor, waste government resources and
most importantly violate constitutional rights. However, opponents of this view argue that drug
testing welfare recipients should be welcomed because the government provides resources for
specific purposes: to make sure that poor Americans have adequate money buy basic needs such
as food, clothes and shelter.
Therefore, it would not be fair to task payers if welfare recipients used these money for
other purposes, especially to buy illegal drugs. For this reason, the current paper argues that
welfare recipients should be drug tested by providing arguments for and against this issue as well
as rebuttals for the opposing views.
Background
Recent estimates show that approximately 1 in 5 US citizens who are receiving welfare
have used illegal drugs in the last year (Jayakody, Danziger & Pollack, 2000; Metsch & Pollack,
2005). This makes illicit drug use fifty percent more common among welfare recipients as
compared to the general population. While the impact of using illicit drug may vary in the live of
welfare recipients, (Pollack, Danziger, Seefeldt & Jayakody, 2002) found that “almost 20 percent
of welfare recipients report recent use of some illicit drug during the year” (p. 25). Even though
the reliance on self-reporting makes these statistical estimates imperfect, drug use has been

SHOULD WELFARE APPLICANTS BE DRUG TESTED

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considered a major driver of welfare dependency in the United States. Accordingly, random drug
testing should continue to be implemented throughout the US to include all states to add to the
fifteen states that have already passed laws requiring drug testing for welfare applicants.
Arguments For and Against Drug Testing of Welfare Recipients
First of all, there evidence denoting that prohibition tends to limit or completely deter
drug use. Research shows that when addicts enter rehabilitation, they are usually motivated to
stop using illeg...


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