Arkansas drug testing program has low results

Arkansas drug testing program has low results
(Source: KATV)

LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT/KATV) - In 2016, lawmakers overwhelmingly passed a law requiring people applying for welfare benefits to submit to drug screening.

According to KATV, out of 7,000 Arkansan's that applied for transitional employment assistance, only four have tested positive.

The drug screening consists of two questions.

The first one asks if you've used illegal drugs in the past 30 days. The other asks if you've lost or been denied a job because of illegal drug use.

If you answer yes, or are deemed suspicious because you smell of drugs, you are flagged to take a drug test.

While 31 people were deemed suspicious, only 12 actually submitted to a drug test, and 4 tested positive.

The 19 that refused tests were denied benefits.

But zero have received drug treatment.

Because it's federal money, it can't be used for medical purposes like treatment.

When asked about the program, Governor Asa Hutchinson said it could be better but said the program helped the state save money by not paying benefits to 23 people.

Click here to read about the costs of the program.

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