The nutbags behind this push for drug testing were really, really hoping to find widespread abuse and fraud. Because, you know, all them welfare folks are just lazy moochers who don’t wanna work, right? What they found was next to nothing. Oh how lovely to see how they’ll spin this into something they wanted to find….
According to USA Today, more than 87,000 welfare recipients went through Arizona’s program in the three years after it began. The total number of drug cheats caught was exactly one—a single positive result, which saved the state precisely $560. [UPDATE: According to numbers provided by the ACLU, the cost of Arizona’s drug testing program may be higher than we first reported. The ACLU estimates that each drug test costs $42, bringing the total cost as high as $3.65 million if all of the new welfare recipients were subjected to the tests.]
According to Tuscon Weekly, there was “One during the first three years of the program, and a grand total of three from 2009 to 2014.” The results of Arizona’s implemented questionnaire and its efficiency are in question. Further, Arizona is not the only example of excessive drug testing.