Currently in certain parts of Canada drugs/alcohol abuse tests aren't required to apply and receive welfare benefits because it breaches people's personal privacy rights (stating that it's unconstitutional). I think this is relevant, for if I'm going to be paying my taxes towards the poor I'm gonna wanna make sure that it's going towards necessities such as shelter and food, rather than drugs (heroin, cocaine etc..)
Here's the article which reviews the discussion...
What do you guys/girls think of this?
Simply to add on a bit of writing.
I've the personal view that such beliefs - that all on welfare folk got there due to additive habits - is complete and utter poppycock. Take an example of the Booth and Rowntree. They complied individual studies into the cases in which poverty was the prime concern. They both found that instead of the secondary poverty - the ability to gain money, but spent it elsewhere - was a smaller factor than primary poverty - the inability to work or to hold a long term job -.
Now, if we're going to demonize the working class, who has to rely on such projects as welfare, why the hell aren't we focusing on the employers? If people need to get on welfare, there's hell of a more chance its due to there being hardly any jobs on the go, even whence there is, the pay cannot sustain a normal family because the employer is taking advantage.
But hey, sure drug test them all!
... Because that ain't going to cost anything...
I think it would take several bagels for them to test positive for any opiates. But whatever. Evil me likes the way you think.
Opiates are either made from poppy seeds or chemically similar. I can't remember which.