Mississippi is one of more than 25 states in the U.S. with a mandatory drug testing bill under consideration for welfare recipients.
Such legislation has been considered for over a decade, but has yet to pass in a single state.
Since over 70% of all illicit drug abusers are actually employed full-time, it is doubtful that such measure will make a significant impact on Mississippi’s drug abuse statistics. Drug use has gone more and more “white collar” over the years, with patterns of addiction shifting from poor, urban areas out into more suburban districts of Mississippi.
Prescription drug abuse is currently one of the fastest growing forms of substance dependence in Mississippi, and it is most popular with a middle class demographic. The modern drug problem reaches across every age group and social stratum.
While a law requiring drug testing of welfare recipients may help to detect people who need help, if Mississippi legislators are willing to force the testing of the poor, why not force the testing of everyone?
Obviously this would be a violation of privacy laws, which is the main objection that has prevented the welfare testing legislation from being effected in the first place.
The real answer is broad-scale, grassroots drug abuse prevention education, backed up by effective Mississippi drug abuse rehabs. If people really knew the dangers of drugs, and had somewhere to go to if they were already hooked, the drug problem would gradually diminish and disappear.
If you or someone you love needs a drug abuse solution, call our hotline now at 1-800-473-0930. We have been helping residents all over the South overcome addiction and repair their families. We can help you.