A bill moving through the Texas Legislature would make it a requirement for those receiving welfare, unemployment, and other government benefits to pass drug tests. The bill was authored by Republican State Sen. Jane Nelson. She is the chairwoman of the senate’s Health and Human Services Committee. It has already been approved in the Senate and now requires approval by the House of Representatives.
Posted on May 1, 2013 in Society
Drug use is estimated to cost $6,120 per second in the U.S. In the time it took you to read that sentence, more than $12,000 vanished in lost productivity, criminal justice costs and drug-related crimes. Since 2007, the National Drug Intelligence Center estimates that drug use has cost the country $193 billion. In the current economic climate, it seems as though any measure to remove these mounting losses should be carefully considered and implemented as soon as possible. Although the solution is as simple as replacing ineffective prison sentences with rehabilitation for substance abuse, these losses continue to mount with startling regularity.
Posted on September 13, 2010 in Drug Abuse
Drugs and crime are inextricably linked. The damage they do within societies – whether in the United States or countless countries worldwide – is widespread and seemingly unstoppable. Just look at the violence spreading across the border as Mexican drug cartels wage bitter war against each other in a death-grip for control of lucrative drug trafficking routes between Mexico and the U.S. – specifically the bloodshed in and around Arizona border towns.