April 25, 2022

Start Your Engines for Conference 2022

By Christine

The National Drug and Alcohol Screening Association’s Annual Conference & Trade Show is just around the corner. Don’t delay in signing up for three days of invaluable learning, networking, advocacy and industry expertise that will help you grow your business and take a lead in the “race for tomorrow.”

Whether you are an employer, a Designated Employer Representative (DER), a human resources manager, a Substance Abuse Professional (SAP), a drug or alcohol test collector, a Third Party Administrator, a Medical Review Officer a testing laboratory or a partner to any number of businesses in the drug and alcohol testing industry, there is something for everyone at NDASA’s Conference & Trade Show.

Meet us in Indianapolis, May 4th to 6th to be a part of it, in person. Or join us virtually from wherever you are.


Past conference-goers have described this annual event as “essential,” “important,” the “best source of information” for professionals in the industry and “always relevant.”

Here’s a run-down of just some of what attendees have to look forward to in 2022:

Pre-Conference Training

May 4th is Pre-Conference Training Day. NDASA is devoting an entire day to must-have professional training sessions. Taught by leading experts in the field, these courses provide the opportunity for in-person, hands-on learning.

Sessions include:

  • Designated Employer Representative Training
  • Marijuana in the Workplace
  • How to Prepare for Legal Challenges in Drug & Alcohol Testing
  • Getting Ready for a Drug and Alcohol Program Audit
  • What you Don’t Know Can Cost You
  • Reasonable Suspicion
  • Drug Recognition for the Workplace
  • Consortia/Third-Party Administrator (C/TPA) Basics
  • NDASA Certified Professional Collector Training
  • Train the Trainer
  • Hair Test Collections Training
  • Collector Errors and Common Problems in Collections
  • How to Catch Drug Test Cheaters

Participating in Pre-Conference Training Day is a cost-effective way to get all training done for you and your staff this year. NDASA is currently offering a discount of 25% if you purchase three training classes and 10% off each additional class.

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Bonus FREE Session

Even if you are not signed up for Pre-Conference Training Day, please join the Certifying Commission for Drug & Alcohol Program Professionals (CCDAPP) for an information session at the end of the day (4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.) to learn about the benefits of professional certification in drug and alcohol testing. Learn more.

Outstanding Networking Opportunities

One of the primary goals of NDASA’s Annual Conference is to give peers the time and opportunity to learn from each other. From the opening reception (Wednesday, May 4, at 6 p.m.), breakfasts and lunches to member meetings and our evening exhibitor event (Thursday, May 5, at 5 p.m.), you will meet people who can enhance your business know-how in invaluable ways.

If you are an NDASA member, don’t miss the VIP Reception with General Barry McCaffrey, USA (Ret.), the conference keynote speaker, NDASA’s board of directors and our valued sponsors.

There is limited space for this special event. Purchase your tickets soon.

Dynamic Speakers

This year, we are thrilled to welcome two very special speakers who understand the prevalence of drugs in the United States and how drug abuse is affecting our communities better than almost anyone.

General Barry McCaffrey USA (Ret.), the 2022 Keynote Speaker, served in the United States Army for 32 years and retired as a four-star general. At retirement, he was the most highly decorated serving general, having been awarded three Purple Heart medals (wounded in combat three times), two Distinguished Service Crosses (the nation’s second-highest award for valor) and two Silver Stars for valor.

For five years after leaving the military, McCaffrey served as the director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). Upon retiring from government service, he continued with a distinguished career in academia, teaching international security studies and politics and most recently as a consultant. Read More.

The conference closing speaker, Dan Schneider, has personally experienced the devastation drug use can cause and is one of the nation’s leading advocates fighting the opioid epidemic. Dan is the grieving father, hero and activist at the center of the critically-acclaimed Netflix docu-series “The Pharmacist” and an inspirational speaker. Read more.

Important Workshops

The conference schedule is filled with breakout sessions that will help you remain at the top of your game.

Topics include recent research and innovations in drug and alcohol testing, updates on drug laws and how to maintain compliance, information about how NDASA advocates for its members, workplace safety issues, business development, substance use and abuse issues, drug trends, data security, overcoming common problems in drug and alcohol testing, industry-focused question and answer sessions, DER responsibilities, FMCSA updates, DOT audits, ODAPC news, the future of drug and alcohol screening, and much more.

Find the complete schedule here.

Available for download here.

Tools of the Trade

Finally, don’t forget to visit the exhibit hall to learn about the newest resources and tools to help grow your business or simply make your job in drug and alcohol testing easier. Each year, NDASA invites top vendors in the field to introduce their products and share their knowledge. Learn more.

The one common complaint NDASA conference organizers have received in previous years is that there is too little time to take advantage of so much valuable content.

We have the solution: Sign up to join us in person at the conference and add a virtual registration for only $100. This will allow you to view all sessions from Thursday and Friday for up to 30 days after the end of conference. No need to fear that you are missing out on anything!

However you attend, we look forward to seeing you soon at NDASA’s Annual Conference & Trade Show. Visit our conference web pages for more information and contact NDASA Executive Director Jo McGuire with questions.

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