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*[http://www.aclu.org/drugpolicy/index.html"Welfare Drug Testing." American Civil Liberties Union. 15 Apr 2003. Path: Drug Testing.] *[http://www.aclu.org/drugpolicy/index.html"Welfare Drug Testing." American Civil Liberties Union. 15 Apr 2003. Path: Drug Testing.]
*[http://www.aclu.org/drugpolicy/testing/34822res20080408.html "Drug Testing of Public Assistance Recipients as a Condition of Eligibility." American Civil Liberties Union. 8 Apr 2003.] *[http://www.aclu.org/drugpolicy/testing/34822res20080408.html "Drug Testing of Public Assistance Recipients as a Condition of Eligibility." American Civil Liberties Union. 8 Apr 2003.]
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 +*[http://www.stpete.usf.edu/hhl/papers/drug.testing.htm Hugh LaFollette "Mandatory drug testing" Drugs, Morality, and the Law, Garland Press, 1994, 283-99.]
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Revision as of 18:39, 18 January 2009

Should welfare recipients be forced to take mandatory drug tests?

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Background and Context of Debate:

Is random drug testing of welfare recipients constitutional?

Yes

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No

  • Mandatory drug testing violates the Fourth Amendment. The Fourth Amendment protects against unreasonable search and seizure, and because mandatory drug testing is considered a search, it should be proven necessary for public safety before it is undertaken.[1]


Would the practice stigmatize welfare recipients?

Yes

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No

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Is random drug testing of welfare recipients cost-effective?

Yes

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No

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Is urinalysis the most effective means of detecting drugs?

Yes

No

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