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Drug Testing of Workforce Supports Costly, Bad Policy for Mississippi

July 4th, 2011

Numerous other states have explored the fiscal impacts of drug testing individuals that receive public assistance. The state of Louisiana found that the implementation of a policy to test Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients according to its state laws would cost over $500,000 even after savings realized from the termination of benefits.

Authorized by the state legislature, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare conducted a study and released the findings on the costs and benefits of implementing a random drug testing program. The study found “the costs of administering a drug testing program exceed the potential savings” for mandatory testing and that “savings from benefit termination of substance abusers will not ‘self-fund’ a random drug testing program.”

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