Drug Testing Fail

Yet another idiotic ReThug idea proven…well, idiotic:

In 2015, West Virginia passed legislation requiring some applicants for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) to submit to drug testing. The state estimated that over the first year, the program would identify 390 people as drug users at a cost of $50,000.

The program has now been in place for three months and just four people, less than one-half of a percent of all applicants, tested positive. In the general population, the rate of drug use is 9.4%.

Not all applicants take the test. Courts have required such testing to be based on reasonable suspicion, so those applying for TANF are required to fill out a questionnaire designed to flag potential users. 107 applicants were drug tested…

…West Virginia’s experience mirrors those of other states who have implemented similar programs. ThinkProgress reviewed the impact of programs in 13 states last year…

Sen. Ryan Ferns, the lead sponsor of the bill in West Virginia, refused to answer questions from the Gazette Mail about the outcome of the drug tests.

You ask me, every ReThug in office should be drug tested, preferably on a daily basis. 1

Drug Testing Fail

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  1. Tell Sen. Ferns how stupid he is by emailing him here: ryan.ferns@wvsenate.gov. Or call his office: (304) 357-7918.

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