Here’s an excellent op-ed on the politics of drug addiction, by Alex Wodak, published in the Guardian. The author, Dr Alex Wodak is president of the Australian Drug Law Reform Foundation and he argues had the Australian government consulted experts before unveiling their plan to drug test welfare recipients, they would have been advised to drop it, pronto.
This article brings into stark contrast conservative and liberal politics related to drug addiction. Both sides have their arguments and experts.
Conservative, tax-paying voters in many Western countries are tired of paying into welfare schemes that support the scroungers and cheats of the welfare system. People who take drugs regularly or who are addicted to alcohol are not properly motivated to get a job and pay their way in society.
Let me ask an open question:
Should governments in the US, the UK and Canada follow Australia’s example and drug test welfare recipients?