Only 2% Failed Florida Welfare Drug Tests
But that might still be enough for the program to break even
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Aug 26, 2011 2:18 PM CDT
Drug testing is only busting 2% of welfare recipients in Florida.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Florida’s controversial new program to drug test welfare recipients isn’t exactly catching droves of addicts. So far only 2% of those tests have come up positive, the Tampa Tribune reports, with 96% testing clean and 2% declining to complete the application process. That rate of failure may still be enough to save Florida a tiny bit of money, but it undermines Gov. Rick Scott's argument that welfare recipients are more likely to use illegal drugs.

Applicants must pay for their own drug tests, but Florida will have to reimburse everyone who tested drug-free. At least 1,000 applicants have taken the test since the program started July 1; at least 1,500 are expected to take it each month. At this rate, that will amount to $28,800 to $43,200 in reimbursements a month. Each rejected applicant will save the state $134 per month, but since a single failed test disqualifies someone from a year’s worth of benefits, the state could come out ever-so-slightly ahead—if 20 to 30 people keep testing positive each month, and if the costs of administering the program don’t wipe out any savings.

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Feb 1, 2012 8:02 AM CST
Drug testing for welfare recipients is a big political fallacy. Drug test kits to help pass drug tests are widely available on the internet Why would anyone think welfare applicants would not spend their application fee of $45 on these products to pass their tests?
Aug 27, 2011 8:33 PM CDT
Dont do drugs a few days, take the test, pass. Not hard to get around, do hair drug testing and then you'll get the truth but drug testing is a waste of tax payer money as well
Aug 27, 2011 3:14 PM CDT
I'd like to see the results over the period of a year or two. I am surprised at the initial results.