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Some argue drug-testing is a puritanical, pointless racket that just benefits the drug-test manufacturers' bottom line and allows companies to project a clean-cut, anti-drug image.

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Others say it's essential for workplace safety.

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Drug testing has spread from workplaces to schools and unemployment lines. Many say it's both pointless and a major violation of civil rights.

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Others say employers and the government have a right to know if the people they're giving money to are taking drugs.

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Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI), a Democratic lawmaker who is a former Medicaid and food stamp recipient, just introduced legislation to drug test wealthy Americans before they receive tax breaks. Her point is that everyone gets something from the government—why should only the poor have to past a test?

“If these poor people who are entitled to SNAP for survival are required to be drug tested, then certainly those people who claim $150,000 or more in tax deductions should be subjected to the same in order to receive this benefit from the government.”
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