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NEW ORLEANS – Despite failing in four previous attempts, state Representative John LaBruzzo once more is trying to pass a bill in the Louisiana Legislature that would require welfare recipients to pass a drug test.
The current bill would require 20 percent of people who receive benefits to submit to drug testing.
Welfare recipients who test positive would have to receive treatment or lose their welfare check.
In the short term, coc aine can be detected in one's body through blood or urine tests from 1 - 5 days with the average testing equipment. But coc aine produces benzoylecgonine in the body and this can be detected by short-term blood and urine tests for up to 22 days.
The duration of short-term testing depends upon the amount coc aine consumed, the frequency, body weight, male or female, age, rate of metabolism, whether it was huffed, puffed, snorted, ingested or injected. Other medicines you may be taking also may bind with the coc aine and have an effect of how long it stays in your system.
Now if you ask how long does coc aine stay in your body, then this suggests a long-term worry and a different set of tests that check for this. Cocaine can stay in the hair follicles typically for 3 to 6 months. But this only suggests how long it can be detected by drug lab tests.
Originally posted by TheWalkingFox
reply to post by ripcontrol
Well, one reason it fails; it's discriminatory. it only targets those on certain programs (namely, the poor). Of course, the poor are far from the only social class that receives government funds. Would la Bruzzo be willing to have his buddies in the Charter School industry submit a piss test before every check?
Bear in mind that this is also the guy who suggested paying welfare recipients $1,000 if they underwent sterilization. He also occupies the former seat of David Duke. Which might tell you a little bit about hte sort of district he represents.