Controversial welfare drug testing barely enforced in Kansas

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TOPEKA, Kan. — In the four months since the state of Kansas began requiring welfare recipients to pass drug tests to receive benefits, the state has tested only 20 people.

Kansas officials admit the number is low, but predict testing will increase as staffers get more comfortable with the program.

Of those 20 Kansans who were tested, four tested positive for drugs in their system.

Five people refused to take the test.

In Missouri, during the same amount of time, a similar program tested 70 applicants.

Missouri’s program has been in place since March of last year and has tested 655 people.

Nearly 70 applicants had drugs in their system.

While 655 people were tested, 700 other people refused to take the test.