States Consider Drug Test Requirement For Benefits

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Michael Bender, state capitol reporter, St. Petersburg Times
Rep. Lonnie Napier, Kentucky Legislature
Gen. Barry McCaffrey, adjunct professor at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and former head of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy

Dozens of states are considering laws that would require drug testing for government benefit recipients. Those in favor say it would help ensure that tax dollars are used properly, but opponents say it would perpetuate stereotypes about the poor and withhold help from those who need it.

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