posted on Apr, 19 2011 @ 07:58 PM
I know that this has been posted on here before but I would like to comment on it from a different perspective. I would like to comment on it from a
former drug addicts side. I just recently heard about this so sorry if Im a little late. I was watching the news earlier and they have had it posted
up on the news channels all day talking about it. They have been running polls to see what others think about it. Heres some clips from the article I
Sen. Harvey Peeler was at a Chamber of Commerce meeting in January when the human resources director of one of the area’s major employers,
textile manufacturer Hamrick Mills, told him the company was having trouble hiring some people from the unemployment rolls.“They said they had
potential employees that would come and apply and couldn’t pass the drug test,” Peeler says.Peeler, a Republican who says he heard similar stories
from other employers, introduced a bill Feb. 9 that would suspend unemployment checks to people who fail a drug test they must take to get a
Legislation on the issue is moving ahead:• A bill is moving through the Arizona Legislature that would require random drug testing of all
welfare recipients, Dorsch says. The bill has passed the state Senate and awaits a third and final reading in the House.Rep. F. Jay Barrows of
Massachusetts has offered a bill that calls for random testing of people with prior drug convictions who are receiving assistance. If they test
positive, the state would place them in a rehab program, under the state’s mandatory health insurance coverage program.
Other states with bills under consideration include Alabama, California, Connecticut, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana,
Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas,
Virginia and West Virginia, Dorsch
Being a former addict myself I do believe in screening people that recieve welfare for drugs before allowing them access to benefits. I have seen
first hand how addicts abuse what is given them. I have seen people that recieve food stamps for drugs. I have personnaly bought food stamps from
others at half price and then they took the money to purchase what is needed. I believe if they werent on drugs they wouldnt need the assitance to
begin with. Like it says in the article,offer state funded rehab for those people who need it and are looking to recieve benefits. That way if they
dont choose to get clean and stay that way afte recieving the help then it wouldnt be right to give those the help of welfare. And forthose that
chosse to take the rehab and prove they can stay off drugs and they still need the help then I think that it still she be thought out carefully before
deciding whether or not to give them welfare or not. The taxpayers shouldnt have to pay for others mistakes and problems. People have enough of their
own problems and matters to pay for...
Now when it comes to Unemployment and whether or not the people recieving it should be drug tested in order to recieve the benefits, I believe that it
should be the same as welfare. Even if the people were layed off,if they have a drug problem and all theyre gonna do is waste the money on drugs then
they should be cut off from benefits until they can at least prove that they can get off drugs so they will be able to find a job instead of living
off unemployment and relying on others,taxpayers,to pay for their habits. Offer the help to tem and if they dont wnt it then too bad for them..
The reason I say this is because I myself was using my unemployment towards my addiction and I figured that if I was going to keep getting money
for it for free then why bother finding a job. But now since I have been clean I see it in a different way and realize that its not others
responsibility to pay for others needs or bad habits...I just recently got a new job and I know I dont want my money going to somebody that is like
the way I was...
I know it doesnt sound fair...Why did I get a chance to live off others but now I dont want the same for others like me? Because if these drug
addicts keep getiing things handed to them they will never wake up to realize what really needs to be done in their lives...
I wanna know what others think about whether or not they should pass this in every state...Whether youre former addicts or just normal everyday
taxpayers having to pay others way...It would be nice to hear from others their opinions on this matter