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Require drug testing to receive welfare benefits

The purpose of welfare benefits is to help people who are down on their luck and in the process of searching for a new line of work. Providing money to individuals who are addicted to drugs is not a worthy cause. Welfare is supposed to be temporary and should only help those who are going to be able to one day secure another job/career in my opinion. States such as Texas are proposing legislation to have more strict over sight to make sure the money does not fall into the wrong hands.


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  • Nov 19 2012: This is a very good idea. I don't think that people should just get a free handout unless it is really justified; however, any addiction is considered an 'illness' and 'disease' and that disease must be treated to break the vicious cycle of addiction. I do think that these incentives could be provided if those unfortunates were provided resources to recover. Many recovery facilities cost thousands of dollars, and obviously they do not have that kind of money. The vicious cycle must be broken for the people with the disease of addiction. It is not as easy as saying 'just stop', be cause it is a disease and a disease doesn't cure itself.

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