Florida's mandatory welfare applicant drug testing already costing taxpayers more than it saves


Wonder if the DCF are referring people to Solantic clinics, the chain that Rick Scott founded (and his wife still works for).? The whole thing is assnice since there are multiple ways for people to get around this. Go to any head shop or vinyl record store and ask around.

CENTRAL FLORIDA -- Just six weeks after Florida began drug testing welfare applicants, WFTV uncovered numbers, which show that the program is already costing Central Florida taxpayers more than it saves.

9 Investigates' reporter George Spencer found very few applicants are testing positive for drugs.


The Department of Central Florida's (DCF) region tested 40 applicants and only two tested positive for drugs, officials said. One of the tests is being appealed.

Governor Rick Scott said the program would save money. Critics said it already looks like a boondoggle.


DCF said it has been referring applicants to clinics where drug screenings cost between $30 and $35. The applicant pays for the test out of his or her own pocket and then the state reimburses him if they test comes back negative.

Therefore, the 38 applicants in the Central Florida area, who tested negative, were reimbursed at least $30 each and cost taxpayers $1,140.

Meanwhile, the state is saving less than $240 a month by refusing benefits to those two applicants who tested positive.

  • Sally

    It's a contradiction to test welfare recipients and state employees yet not put a stop to the pill mills. Perhaps this is because the governor has a vested financial interest in the Solantis Drug Testing facilities that his wife owns. Increased demand for drug testing results for increased revenue for Solantis, the company owned by the Governors family. Yet, since he owns a large chain of hospitals, it would not benefit him financially to put a stop to the pill mills. Is this a situation of self interest by the Florida Governor? You decide.