A heads-up on the comments. I took off the thumbs up and thumbs down. I don’t like cowards who don’t have the guts to post a comment and I presume if any of the regulars have a different opinion they will have no issue in posting it, that is my experience. As for the childish thumbs down on comments that aren’t even a type that has a like or dislike factor rather it is an indicator of how the thumbs down coward has a passive-agressive streak and is incapable of saying, they don’t “like” someone. Enough already, I don’t accommodate chicken-shits.On to the business at hand.
WHY THIS LEGISLATION IS IMPORTANT:
Welfare drug testing bills advance in TN legislature
Under the bill, welfare recipients would have to undergo a screening before they get any financial benefits. If it seems potential recipients have used drugs in the past or would be likely to do drugs, they would then be forced to take a drug test.
If the person fails that drug test, he or she would then have to go to a treatment facility to get clean. Six months later that person would be eligible for welfare benefits.
“If someone’s going to ask for a benefit from the state, they should be willing to accept some of the requirements the state puts on it,” Campfield said.
The original proposal would have drug tested applicants who had been convicted of using drugs within five years. But, the state’s attorney general felt it was constitutionally suspect.
Campfield told 10News he does not believe the legislation will hit any legal roadblocks. He said Tennesseans should have to show they qualify for benefits.
“Well, there’s no requirement that everyone get a benefit either, benefits are voluntary, benefits are voluntary things,” Campfield said.
It’s about time. The qualifiers that have been in place for a decade have allowed people to receive benefits only to abuse the system not only in receiving the welfare benefits a state has to offer but to further the burden on tax payers as the abusers of this specific ilk slaughter a state’s financial system by becoming drug addict/peddler dependents who go in and out of rehab, collecting benefits and being supported by the state as an unwilling participant in their drug addiction. Problems are further complicated as we review what is happening to the children in our state who end up in temporary custody situations; 9 out of 10 children who end up classified as abused or neglected come from homes where one or both parents are incapable of caring for the children because of their drug addiction, rehab failure or eventual incarceration for selling drugs, and the doctor shopping factor that comes into play. Now we see the system burdened further, as well as an entire generation of children being abandoned to the system.
This isn’t to say the bill will stop the parents, or non-parent person from abusing the system, but it will make it a lot more difficult, and make people very clear on what benefits are available for the people who are in true need of them. This has never been meant to become a lifestyle, which the thinking person knows can only perpetuate a lifestyle of poverty. Rather it was to be a temporary measure to help take care of a person or family, specifically children who were going without the very basic needs of life being met.
We have laws in place to punish those who sell food stamps, and recipients have to prove a lack of financial means, but never has there been a test for illicit drug use, street or prescription types.
Will this make the problem of addiction go away, I doubt it; but it will keep the problem of addiction in its own place, not involved in every part of a state’s budget, by having to support a person who cannot get it together to get clean. It helps keep children out of the home and not have their benefits abused by a parent who often and easily will spend every bit of welfare money and abuse TN-CARE in order to serve the addiction. The benefits are separated away from the addicted parent, and the process now goes through one that is where it belongs, on an individual basis, not caught up in the red tape nightmare of a family dependent on benefits of a person who seeks the benefits to feed their drug habit.
It isn’t perfect, but a step in the right direction. I don’t like to see legislation like this, but let’s face it, most states are losing their war on drugs, as the message of true qualifying and need is convoluted and it is socially acceptable to become a pandering, dependent person living in constant expectation of handouts. The “Poor Me”, generation. I’m not sure if the addicts that refuse treatment or fail at it will end up incarcerated or left as vagrants, but I do think when you remove the benefit for refusal to change you will see fewer numbers of those going into the welfare system, so easily. This legislation is about the fourth in a series over the past year that has taken to task the severe, debilitating prescription drug problem Tennessee has. Previous bills addressing doctor shopping, punish not only the offender seeking multiple scripts in order to sell Class IV and above narcotics, but also call out and punish the physicians, who carelessly prescribe these drugs. Has it been a pain in the ass to get a prescription pain-killer for example for those who require it for a medical condition or procedure, not at all. They are only going to their regular doctor or a new one for a singular specific ailment, with the proper and expected easy paper trail to follow. Is it a problem for someone who has a chronic pain condition, and may be subject to scrutiny, more than necessary? Not really. As a person who can have a pain prescription due to having RA, I have never run into this problem. I have personally refused the medication after the first script 5 years ago. I found I was capable of coping with the pain and using OTC pain relievers. I didn’t do this because I was afraid of the drug prescribed or my use of it, rather I was more afraid of being assaulted, or robbed for the drug. I did not want to put our home at risk, or our lives. Addicts work everywhere and can and do get their hands easily on patient information, on who is taking what.
Also I volunteer with abuse and battered children and have reached a new level of contempt and disgust for the people who toss away their children like so much trash and yet continue to have their hand out, whining over their personal concerns, after being given more chances than they ever should have; no sympathy for anyone (deliberate or not) who puts children in the position to have their lives destroyed, their psyche’s altered forever, and their life path destroyed. I know, no one says, “Gee I want to be an addict when I grow up”, but they just don’t move me towards much compassion. There are too many factors at work waiting for the thousands to reach their bottom, and recover.