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Taking a Stand: Welfare Drugs

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By General Manager: Nick Ulmer

In January, the Black Township in Posey County started testing welfare applicants for drugs.

Now after a month there is evidence that as many as 13% tested positive and that's being noticed by state lawmakers in Indiana, Kentucky and Illinois.

Indiana has two bills proposing random drug testing should not receive help from the government to buy food.

I believe that people who may be buying drugs should not receive help from the government to buy food.

What good does it do to give assistance to a drug user that is unemployable, since most companies do drug tests before hiring.

In the Black Township, anyone who tests positive is eligible to receive township money if they complete a rehab program.

I like what Black Township trustee, Lindsey Suits, said recently, "I believe drugs kill, steal and destroy."

She said we are drawing a line in the sand

I hope all three of our states pass a drug testing law for welfare recipients for those reasons.

That's my stand.

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