ArkTimes.com TANF drug-testing program cost Arkansas $32,000 to test five people in 2017 by Benjamin Hardy (two tested positive):
Think Progress continues its annual tradition of surveying states that drug test applicants for benefits under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, or welfare. Arkansas is one of 13 states that does so. A law passed in 2017 made Arkansas’s TANF drug testing program permanent (it was previously a two-year pilot.)
The results, in brief: About 19,000 people applied for TANF in Arkansas in 2017. Of those, 3,430 were given a survey intended to screen for drug use. And of those:
Just five were given drug tests and only two of those admittedly recent drug users tested positive. Another eight refused to take the test. Though the testing itself cost just a couple hundred dollars, with staffing costs included the cost was $32,506.65, a spokesperson told ThinkProgress — an effective cost of more than $6,500 per test.