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Utah Wastes $30,000+ on Welfare Drug Screenings

Only 12 tested positive, or a percentage of about 0.25% of total applicants, and 2.6% of those picked out for a drug test. And of course, the law was created by fiscal conservatives, who hate wasting money.

The data from August 2012 through July 2013 indicates the state spent almost $6,000 to give 4,730 applicants a written test. After 466 showed a likelihood of drug use, they were given drug tests at a total cost of more than $25,000, according to the Utah Department of Workforce Services, which administers welfare benefits and the tests.


While I do think this is a massive waste of money and time, the upside to this is at least the people that test positive are not kicked off of welfare, but instead put into a substance abuse program. The drug tests in Florida failed just as spectacularly, and are now are on hold due to judges reminding the Constitution-loving patriots of the GOP that forcing welfare recipients to take drug tests is probably against the Constitution. But who reads that thing anyway? I always get to the Second Amendment and get bored; it makes sense that they've never meandered down the page to the Fourth.

Only 12 test positive in Utah welfare drug screening - AP

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