I've spent many years working with families that are struggling and there are two huge problems with this proposal. First, if you test people who are applying for aid and someone comes up positive, then what? The only way someone who is addicted to drugs is going to get clean is through a treatment program. I also know that there are not enough addiction treatment programs for people now - what would we do if we identified more addicts?
Secondly, what about the kids - young children and teens alike, who rely on mom's food stamps or dad's cash assistance (TANF)? If someone tests positive, who is going to help these kids? Teens need food to grow, think, learn and develop. What is to be done for them?
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