Over the past five years, Oklahoma has spent nearly $2.2 million on mandatory drug testing for people applying for federal Temporary Assistance to Needy Families funds, commonly known as the federal welfare program.

The results of that testing — 557 individuals between 2012 and 2016 tested positive for drug use, or about 2.8 percent of the 19,878 adult applicants who underwent screening during that time, according to data from the Oklahoma Department of Human Services.

Last week, Frontier reporter Clifton Adcock sat down with OETA’s Liz Exon to talk about his reporting on the story.

Millions spent in Oklahoma drug testing welfare applicants for few positive results