The whole effort was a joke by Scott for several reasons:
- It was a clear violation of the Constitutional provision against unreasonable searches.
- It stood to gain him some personal profit, since he owned a company that did drug tests. (He got caught at that one, though.)
- While it was in effect, it only found a tiny number of drug users. Sure, probably a few drug users just didn't apply for welfare knowing they would test positive. But the state has spent so much on legal fees, and on tests for those who didn't come up positive for drugs, that the expense has outweighed the savings. (The state had to reimburse those who didn't test positive.)
- Scott once justified the program on the grounds that he was worried about children in families of drug users. For some reason he didn't seem concerned about children in well to do families.