2010 Unemployment Extension Proposed Drug Testing Amendment
The 2010 unemployment extension bill is targeted for a new proposed amendment coming from Senator Orrin Hatch. He wants everyone who collects unemployment benefits or receives welfare to be drug tested before getting their money. Hatch believes this will be one way to curb drug abuse, according to CBS News.
First of all, anyone who receives unemployment benefits will need to qualify by having a work history to fit the criteria that are already in place. If a small group of people receiving unemployment benefits goes out and buys drugs with their money, they will be the same ones who purchased drugs with their paychecks.
People who are using drugs will find a way around the drug-testing component, making the drug-testing useless. The people already invested in drug abuse will more than likely know how long a drug stays in their system, and abstain from doing drugs for the few days needed for the drugs to clear their system. Another way they will get around the drug testing is to find a doctor to prescribe an opiate pain killer for some “pain” that they are in. With the prescription in hand, they will be excluded from the drug testing of an opiate because they will test positive legally…