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A Posey County Township says they will not provide emergency assistance to anyone unless you first get a drug test.
We have had a few people say they don't believe this new policy is a good idea, but the vast majority of those online, as well as those 14 News spoke to on Monday, believe this is a step in the right direction.
"I am responsible to the taxpayers, and also, I am responsible to the clients. I want to help them, and we've had to redefine the word 'help,'" said Lindsay Suits, Black Township's trustee.
Suits says her office is now helping emergency assistance clients, by making them accountable for drug use.
Suits also says that curtailing drug use will help taxpayers. She says while it does cost $60 per drug test, that dollar amount is much less than the hundreds a client would normally receive.
She also says the office saves money with this because some people simply choose to bypass the process, since they know they won't pass the test.
Black Township is the first Indiana township to screen all applicants for emergency township assistance for drugs.
Indiana isn't among seven states that require welfare applicants to have drug screens.
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