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N.C. Releases Results Of Drug Testing For Welfare Recipients

Image of green urine sample bottles
Steven Depolo

Earlier this week, state officials released results from the first round of drug testing for some welfare recipients. The findings show little evidence pointing to widespread drug use among beneficiaries of the state's Work First public assistance program. 

Out of 7,600 applicants and recipients, about 2 percent were referred for drug testing. Of the 89 people tested for drugs, 21 tested positive.

  Host Frank Stasio talks with News & Observer reporter Lynn Bonner about the state's findings and the implications of the program.

Charlie Shelton-Ormond is a podcast producer for WUNC.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
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