With the United States debt at $17 trillion questions are posed as to how we can cut the budget to provide relief. One of the areas of concern is the food program for low income families known as SNAP, is the money being used wisely? The question has been posed are there people on the SNAP program that are spending their money on drugs and using SNAP to fill the void that was left from their drug addiction? We will compile different viewpoints on passing legislation that would require drug testing as a prequalified for the SNAP program.
Pro Drug Testing for Food Stamps
On June 19th, 2013 the House voted to give states the authority to conduct drug testing on people applying for food stamps under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Drug testing refers to the use of various biologic sources such as urine, saliva, sweat, hair, breath, blood and meconium to determine the presence of specific substances. Nine states have passed legislation regarding drug testing for food stamps. With a $17 trillion dollar national debt; the states must be given the tools they need in order to make SNAP funding goes to the people most in need. Some apply to all applicants other include specific language that there is a reason to believe the person is engaging in illegal drug activity or has substance use disorder. The goal of Welfare/Food Stamps is to promote self-sufficiency, the most basic first step, is stopping drug use that hampers their entry into the job market. As welfare spending approaches $1 trillion dollars a year tax payers have the right to insist that their help not only goes to those who truly need it but that it’s not wasted in the frivolous or self-destructive. Drug screening encourages those on drugs to make a positive change towards personal responsibility and independence.
If a person can afford to buy drugs they should be able to afford to buy food. It takes money from people who can use this assistance. They are using...