The Coastal Packet: LePage's drug testing a flop

Wednesday, August 12

LePage's drug testing a flop

Yahoo - Gov. Paul LePage hailed drug screenings for certain welfare recipients as a way to protect taxpayer dollars. But since the program was launched a few months ago, only a handful of recipients have been ordered to take tests and most people who have lost their assistance have done so because they failed to show up, the administration said...Just 15 recipients were scheduled for screenings through June, the latest month for which data was available. . .Of those, 13 were barred from receiving benefits because they didn't show up to take either the screening assessment or the subsequent urinalysis.... Only one person tested positive for drugs and was stripped of benefits, the department said.

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