Tennessee’s First Year Of Drug Testing Welfare Applicants Didn’t Go Very Well
Tennessee’s first year of drug testing welfare recipients uncovered drug use by less than 2 percent of all applicants for the state’s public assistance system.
The state implemented the testing regime in the summer of 2014, adding three questions about narcotics use to the application form for aid. Anyone who answers “yes” to any of the three drug questions must take a urine test or have their application thrown away immediately. Anyone who fails a urine test must complete drug treatment and pass a second test, or have their benefits cut off for six months.