Bills have been introduced so far in Montana, Texas, and West Virginia, with a handful of others also considering such a move. Scott Walker (R) has gone further, proposing to drug test applicants for food stamps and unemployment benefits.
They follow recent bills put into action in Maine, Michigan, and Mississippi.
The evaluation involved more than 4,700 students and compares the substance use reported by those in "treatment" high schools randomly assigned to implement the drug testing program immediately (in the 2007–08 school year) with the substance use reported by students in "control" schools assigned to delay implementing the program for a year (until 2008–09).
Researchers focused primarily on students who participated in activities that would make them subject to the random drug testing, but also examined the impacts on other students.
C.)—Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA) President and CEO Mark Merritt issued the following statement on the U.
As state legislatures convene across the country, proposals keep cropping up to drug test applicants to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, or welfare.
“Even if it’s a state where it can’t go to into childcare or cash assistance, it probably comes out of their administration pot, so that’s caseworkers and things like that.” The other impact is increasing stigma around both welfare and drug use.
It can increase the shame people feel around applying for welfare benefits in the first place, which could drive them away from getting assistance they may need to get by.