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Sheldon H. Danziger

Danziger and Pollack question House proposal to allow states to drug test SNAP recipients

a PSC In The News reference, 2013

"House Republicans want drug tests for food-stamp recipients. There’s no good reason for that." - Washington Post. 08/21/2013.

In response to a proposal from House Republicans to cut SNAP and allow the drug testing of recipients, Sheldon Danziger and Harold Pollack looked at whether food stamp recipients were more likely than non-recipients to use illicit substances. Finding only a slight increase in likelihood, they conclude in this opinion piece: "Proposals to drug-test SNAP recipients don’t address the genuine challenges posed by drug and alcohol misuse in American society. Instead, poor families who seek a little help with the food money are being used as stage extras in a different, nasty ideological fight."

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Sheldon H. Danziger

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