Punk Rock HR Question: Drug Tests at Work


I was forwarded a chain email message and asked, “What do you think, Laurie?”

Like a lot of folks in this state, I have a job. I work, they pay me. I pay my taxes and the government distributes my taxes as it sees fit. In order to get that paycheck, I am required to pass a random urine test with which I have no problem. What I do have a problem with is the distribution of my taxes to people who don’t have to pass a urine test.

Shouldn’t one have to pass a urine test to get a welfare check because I have to pass one to earn it for them? Please understand, I have no problem with helping people get back on their feet. I do, on the other hand, have a problem with helping someone sitting on their BUTT, doing drugs, while I work. . . . Can you imagine how much money the state would save if people had to pass a urine test to get a public assistance check?

I guess we could title that program Urine or You’re Out.

Just a thought.


Whoa. Do you really want to know what I think? I think Urine or You’re Out is kind of catchy.

Otherwise, the idea of compulsory drug testing for a welfare check is stupid & shortsighted.

  • I think drug use is different than drug abuse and addiction.
  • I think a urine test is a reactive, ineffective tool that’s plugged into a failed system that never elevates Americans out of poverty.
  • I would rather compel welfare recipients to work or achieve a certain level of education in exchange for public assistance. You can’t hold a job or learn new information if you’re stoned.

The marketplace addresses drug abuse better than a urine test. That’s what I think. What about you? What do you think?

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