Three years after the program was initiated in Arizona, over 87,000 welfare recipients have been tested: One test came up as positive which ended up saving the state only $560, according to USA Today. When the program was initially implemented, state officials promised $1.7 million in savings.
The Arizona Department of Economic Security told the Arizona Sonora News Service earlier this year that over the course of more than five years, “42 people have been asked to take a follow-up drug test and 19 actually took the test, 16 of whom passed. The other 23 were stripped of their benefits for failing to take the drug test.” In total, three welfare recipients failed their tests in five years.
Six states have implemented similar programs since 2009.