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Debate: Mandatory drug tests of welfare recipients

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Should welfare recipients be forced to take mandatory drug tests?

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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

Pro/con resources

Yes


No

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