SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Officials say a new state program requiring drug screening for welfare applicants has saved more than $350,000 in its first year.
Preliminary data from the first year of the program show Utah spent more than $30,000 to screen welfare applicants for drug use, but only found 12 people who tested positive.
About 250 people failed to comply with drug screening requirements and were barred from receiving or applying for benefits for three months.
The state Department of Workforce Services says about $350,000 would have otherwise been paid to those individuals during that time.
Kaysville Republican Rep. Brad Wilson helped craft the program and says the goal is to get people back to work sooner, which they can't do if they have a substance abuse issue.
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