TANF, UI Applicant Drug-Testing Is Ineffective and Costly


Recently, states of Kansas and Texas have conducted suspicion-based drug testing for TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) and Unemployment Insurance applicants.

However, evidence found in data from states that have already implemented drug testing laws finds that drug testing public benefit applicants is "ineffective, costly, and stigmatizing to the poor."

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