UNFAIRNESS OF MANDATORY DRUG TESTING IN WELFARE 1
Qualification for certain government and social privileges ought tobe accessible to all people. Some policies that the governmentestablishes aim at ensuring fair use of the resources. Some policieson use of government resources are important but have brought aboutmuch politics as people support and criticize them. Theadministration of the drug test as a requirement for welfare has beenone of the policies that have stirred up much debate in the UnitedStates. Some states have approved the administration of a drug testto all people who apply for welfare. Drug testing is an examinationof a welfare applicant or recipient to determine whether they areusing any form of the illegal drug (Zastrow, 2014). In some states,the test is mandatory, and those who test positive have to go throughtreatment before getting the assistance. Mandatory drug test forrecipients ought not to be a requirement for qualification forwelfare.
Mandatory drug testing is an unethical procedure for applicants andrecipients of welfare. Drug testing procedure is a process thatsubjects the affected to the demeaning situation in which they haveto appear as drug addicts. The undertaking is an inevitable way ofviolating the right of the victims, as it means that the informationabout their health condition will be available to a third partyunnecessarily. While medical tests ought to be voluntary, the drugtesting of some of the states as a requirement for welfare involvesforced undertaking. The government needs to undertake the ethicalanalysis of undertaking the drug test, as it fails to recognize theright to confidentiality for a person (Kirst-Ashman, 2010).Qualification for welfare ought to be consideration of the situationof the person and should aim at assisting him or her to alleviatetheir problems. Welfare needs to recognize that a person needsassistance as a first thing.
The legality and the constitutionality of the mandatory drug testfail to reach the threshold of a fair law. People apply for certainopportunities in schools to benefit from their services. In many ofthe application like opportunities to join college or school, thedrug test is not prerequisite. When considering the welfare, when aperson has to undergo the test, it could imply an unfair treatment ofthe people by the government. The application of mandatory drug testis a manifestation of some form of partiality in dealing with peoplein a state. The situation implies that a reassessment of the policyneeds to happen to ensure the protection of the plight of theapplicants and recipients of welfare (Kirst-Ashman, 2010).
In the administration of the mandatory drug testing of therecipients, welfare has failed to manifest as the best alternative todeal with the problem affecting people. Some states in the U.S haveused mandatory drug testing as a measure to curb drug abuse. Themeasure has, however, failed in many ways to protect the rights ofthe affected because it exposes them to unnecessary mental sufferingbecause some of them feel uncomfortable to give out information abouttheir health. The implication of the welfare applicants as drug usersmay cause a difficult time as they comprehend why they have toundergo the process. In the process of application of the policy, itis difficult to provide other ways that could be essential fordealing with addiction to the drug since addicts might have otheralternatives to get assistance (Zastrow, 2014).
Mandatory drug testing is a policy that is both expensive andinefficient. In carrying out the tests on the applicants or therecipient, the process requires a lot of money to pay the serviceproviders. The applicants pay the money, and the governmentreimburses to those who qualify for the welfare. The governmentspends a lot of money to pay for the tests, and that could bedifficult to recover because it does not go to productive processes.Additionally, the people who test positive have to undertake agovernment sponsored treatment that implies another avenue for lossof money. In consideration of the efficiency of the mandatory drugtest as a requirement for welfare, it is evident that it lengthensthe process of getting assistance. The people who have to undertakethe tests have to experience some delays in getting assistance whilethey are undergoing treatment. The test may delay assistance up to alength of one or more years (Delva, 2013).
Many states have implemented the mandatory drug test policy as arequirement for welfare. While many people have undergone the testand gotten the government assistance, it is important to note thatthe policy is lacking in many essential qualities that could ensurefair treatment of the people. The unethical effect of infringing onthe right to privacy of the people and the administration of force tosecure information from them becomes an issue of concern.Additionally, the mandatory drug test is not only an inefficientprocess and a poor alternative to dealing with drug abuse but alsoexpensive and fails to meet the legal and constitutionality of fairtreatment of the applicants or recipients of welfare. Considerationof the mandatory drug test for applicants and recipients of welfare,therefore, should not be a requirement for welfare.
Delva, J. (2013). SubstanceAbuse Issues Among Families in Diverse Populations.New York: Haworth Press.
Kirst-Ashman, K. K. (2010). Introductionto Social Work & Social Welfare: Critical Thinking Perspectives.Belmont, Calif: Brooks/Cole, Cengage Learning.
Zastrow, C. (2014). Introduction to Social Work and SocialWelfare: Empowering People. Belmont, CA : Brooks Cole, CengageLearning