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  •  Here is a link to actual statistics (19+ / 0-)

    on drug use among welfare recipients. National Poverty Center

    Because substance use is a covert behavior, its true prevalence among the general and welfare population is unknown. Most studies have relied upon self-reports. Deceptive or inaccurate responses are therefore important concerns. Studies also differ in the thresholds used to characterize substance use problems. Some focus on simple use; others use more stringent thresholds such as abuse or dependence. Due to differing definitions and data sources, published prevalence estimates of use vary widely, from 6.6 to 37 percent of those receiving public aid.6

    Our estimates using data from the National Household Survey of Drug Abuse (NHSDA) indicate that 9 percent of welfare recipients in 1994 and 1995 were alcohol dependent and that 21 percent had used an illegal drug in the past year (mostly marijuana). (Figure 1) Excluding marijuana, 10 percent of recipients had used some other illegal drug during the past year, with 6 percent having used cocaine or crack.7 Only a small minority of recipients (about 4 percent) satisfied the diagnostic screening criteria for illicit drug dependence (i.e., their drug use impairs their functioning in significant ways).8 Our analyses also document that psychiatric disorders, especially major depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, are more prevalent than drug and alcohol dependence among welfare recipients. About 19 percent of recipients had at least one of the four psychiatric disorders measured in the NHSDA


    You could also tell her that only about 4 million people are receiving direct payments called "welfare."  The vast majority of those receiving medicaid, WIC and food stamps are children and quite often their parents work.  Should we drug test the kids too?  

    Loyalty to petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul in this world--and never will. Mark Twain

    by whoknu on Mon Aug 22, 2011 at 06:46:03 PM PDT

    •  Gee, who is then using all the drugs? (0+ / 0-)

      A recent comment here at DK suggested we drug test anyone receiving any government aid, bankers, corporate ceo's etc.  I like it.

      And she's good at appearing sane, I just want you to know. Winwood/Capaldi

      by tobendaro on Tue Aug 23, 2011 at 05:34:00 AM PDT

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