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People applying for welfare benefits should be drug tested Good paper on a difficult subject A current issue that is going on today is welfare recipients that are drug abusers Welfare is supposed to meet the basic needs Drugs seem far from one of the basic human needs to me If the recipient gets all the benefits from the programs they will more than likely turn around and sell their food stamps for their fix rather than go to the store and get their family some food Drugs also go hand and hand with family problems violence and crime It is estimated that between 50 and 80 of Family-Based Services involve drug and alcohol abuse So why not drug test the recipients before a person can get qualified for services Drug abuse of course is not new to any culture Drugs have been a part of American culture their popularity increased in the 1950s when writers and social figures started popularizing them In the 1960s drug use took on a whole new meaning It became a way of rebelling particularly among college students who were disenchanted with Americas values and the war in Vietnam which they viewed as a senseless conflict The popularity that drugs achieved in these days two decades paved the way for their dangerous and widespread use in the 1980s The 1980s saw the drug industry grow bigger and more deadly - both for users and for dealers The emergence of new and relatively cheap drugs has also helped encourage drug use especially among the urban poor One way of cutting down on the number of drug abusers on the welfare system is to do a mandatory drug test before they can receive any services The drug test of choice is currently a urinalysis but other test exist that analyze blood saliva and brain waves This test can test for more than ten drugs including
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