Letter: Install drug testing as requirement



The working class often gets drug tested to earn its money, why shouldn’t those applying for welfare benefits also be drug tested? If you have enough money to be able to buy drugs, then you do not need public assistance. And if you are not on drugs, then you shouldn’t mind taking a simple test in order to put food on the table.

The idea of welfare is to help individuals or families get back on track until they are able to provide for themselves. It is not meant to be a lifestyle.

And you can’t do that if you’re on drugs; you can’t get a job.

This is not to say that every person who receives welfare benefits is jobless and on drugs, but for those who are, they are paying for their drugs with taxpayers’ dollars.

Other states have already passed similar bills and it is time we follow suit.

–Justin Hamilton, Brush Prairie