Drug Testing Welfare Recipients


by julie.dupont on Apr 8, 2015 | Views: 81 | Score: 0

This data examines drug testing welfare recipients in the United States.

Money Spent on Drug Testing Welfare Recipients

Oklahoma385872
Missouri336297
Utah64566
Kansas40000
Tennessee5295
Mississippi5290
State
Cost of Testing

A few states spend a significant amount of money on drug testing welfare recipients. Oklahoma and Missouri spend over 300k each.

Percentage of Welfare Applicants with Positive Drug Tests

Oklahoma8.9
Kansas0.4
Utah0.3
Tennessee0.2
Mississippi0.1
Missouri0.1
State
Percentage

Oklahoma has the highest amount of positive drug tests. Yet the number of positive tests, 297, seems low considering how much Oklahoma spends on the testing program. Which leads to the next graph...

Cost per Positive Drug Test

Missouri7006
Kansas3636
Mississippi2645
Utah2226
Oklahoma1299
Tennessee143
State
Cost

Oklahoma spends about $1300 for each positive drug test that the testing program yields. However, even more shocking is that Missouri spends over $7000 per positive drug test. One might argue that this money is better spent elsewhere.

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Christian Stellakis
Christian Stellakis on Apr 12, 2015 9:27 PM said:

I'm curious to know whether the states that spent much more money on testing the welfare recipients actually were more successful in rooting out the drug abusers than those other states that did not spend as much. Is this approach successful? It seems to me that only Oklahoma has found success due to the number of applicants with positive drug tests.

Peter Graham
Peter Graham on Apr 13, 2015 12:53 AM said:

It seems in the same way Oklahoma has seen some sort of 'payoff' for its efforts, it looks like the case of Missouri would not suggest that spending a large amount of money immediately equates to a worthwhile drug testing program for welfare recipients.