Recently, North Carolina implemented requirements that all welfare recipients be drug tested. They decided to release those results after NC Governor Pat McCrory vetoed a bill to test for drug abuse.
In the first round of drug testing on 89 of the 7,600 people applying for the Work First program were tested for drugs. Of those tested, 21 were found to have illegal drugs in their system.
Those who were found positive were disqualified from receiving benefits, and were required to pay the $55 fee for the drug test—as well as any drug treatment involved.