Ohio Lawmakers Propose Bill Requiring Drug Screening for Welfare Applicants

A bill introduced Wednesday in Ohio’s state legislature would require people applying for welfare to undergo drug screening. If the screening suggested drug use, they would have to take a drug test, ABC News reports.

People who tested positive would not receive cash assistance. A third party could get the payment on behalf of the person’s children and dependents, the article notes.

Sponsors of the bill say people who tested positive for drugs would be connected to treatment options. The bill sets aside $100,000 annually for drug treatment. The state would pay for drug tests that come back negative, but people who fail the tests would have to cover the expense—about $35 for urine tests.

Full story of drug screening for Welfare applicants at drugfree.org

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