Drug Testing Welfare Recipients: An Analysis Statement of the Issue Lawmakers in several states have proposed legislation which would require recipients of food stamps, unemployment benefits, public housing, Medicaid, and other forms of government assistance to submit to random drug testing. Drug testing welfare recipients is a controversial issue, primarily because of the Constitutional issues involved, but there are broad social issues involved as well, for many people receiving government assistance are racial or ethnic minorities, are handicapped, or are elderly, and may be subjected to unfair treatment if these policies are implemented. Primary Arguments In Favor of Drug Testing According to Barsky (2005), proposals that would...The end:
.....nd would be unfairly singled out for substance abuse testing if current legislative bills calling for drug testing welfare recipients are passed into law. Bibliography Barsky, Allan Edward. (2005). Alcohol, Other Drugs and Addictions: A Professional Development Manual for Social Work and the Human Services. New York: Brooks Cole. â€œDrug Testing of Public Assistance Recipients as a Condition of Eligibility.â€ (April 8, 2008). ACLU. Online. Available: http://www.aclu.org/drug-law-reform /drug-testing-public-assistance-recipients-condition-eligibility. 7 June 2011. â€œOrin Hatch Calls For Drug Testing Welfare Recipients.â€ (June 16, 2010). CBS News. Online. Available: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20007929-503544.html. 7 June 2011.