Countdown to Conference

2020-02-06T19:42:16+00:00 By |


The National Drug & Alcohol Screening Association’s (NDASA) 2020 Conference & Tradeshow is just over a month away (March 9 – 11) and we are thrilled to offer something for everyone. NDASA members, employers, supervisors, industry leaders, experts: This is a conference you won’t want to miss!

Join us to hear from our spectacular speakers and participate in a broad range of break-out workshops, excellent training classes and meaningful networking opportunities that are designed to both cultivate and share knowledge and expertise in the fields of drug and alcohol testing, workplace safety and public safety.






Here is a run-down of some of the features we have in store for you:

(Keep checking our blog in the coming weeks for additional highlights and updates.)




Mike Lindell (Tuesday, March 10 @ 8:30 a.m., Keynote)

Mike Lindell is best known as the inventor and CEO of MyPillow, although his renown as someone radically freed from the power of addiction is beginning to exceed even his MyPillow fame. Mike’s story of overcoming a serious addiction to crack cocaine a decade ago, becoming the CEO of a multi-million-dollar company, and devoting his life to helping others recover from addictions through the founding of the Lindell Recovery Network is deeply inspirational. (Read about Mike’s journey in the bestselling From Crack Addict…To CEO.)


Camille Schrier (Tuesday, March 10 @ 9:30 a.m.)

Miss America 2020, Camille Schrier has dedicated her year of service to raising awareness about opioid abuse, medication errors and associated mortality. Camille made a name for herself by introducing STEM into the special talent portion of her pageant when she was competing to become Miss Virginia. She holds degrees in Biochemistry and Systems Biology, is pursuing her Doctor of Pharmacy and is a certified Naloxone trainer. She will be the Chairman’s Guest of Honor at the Opening Reception on March 9 and will be speaking about “Drug Safety and Abuse Prevention from Pediatrics to Geriatrics” at the General Session on March 10.


Alex Berenson (Wednesday, March 11 @ 2:30 p.m., closing session)

Alex Berenson is a journalist, non-fiction writer, and novelist. From 1999 until 2010, he covered the pharmaceutical industry for The New York Times. Alex’s second non-fiction book, an investigative journey on the realities of today’s cannabis products and how they impact young people, Tell Your Children: the Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence, has become an explosive international sensation drawing attention to the harms and risks associated with this drug. Alex will dig into the question, “Does workplace violence also have a cannabis connection?” This important topic will be the CLOSING SESSION of the conference and you won’t want to miss it! (Order Alex’s book, here)





FMCSA Clearinghouse

The FMCSA Clearinghouse is here. Now what? Take the NDASA FMCSA Clearinghouse Training course on Monday, March 9, from 8 a.m. to noon. Get an in-depth understanding of your role and responsibilities in the Clearinghouse, whether you are a C/TPA, laboratory, MRO, SAP, driver or employer. Seating is limited so sign up today.



NDASA values the role of Designated Employer Representatives (DER) and we are committed to supporting the DER’s learning needs. Here is a list of helpful conference programs for you:

  • Our pre-Conference Reasonable Suspicion Training is a MUST training class for all Designated Employer Representatives (DER) to meet USDOT requirements.
  • Go beyond the requirements by taking our Drug Awareness Training designed to assist in identifying key indicators of recent drug and alcohol use.
  • Attend one of our many breakout sessions that will examine a wide range of topics relevant to a DER’s duties, from preparing for an audit, exploring DER Challenges & Solutions, to hearing a panel discussion with seasoned DERs, who will share their challenges, recommendations and successes.
  • Hear from the American Trucking Association’s Abigail Potter, who will deliver a briefing on Trucking industry updates.  March 11th during the opening session.


Continuing Education

NDASA Members are getting an advance notice that the Certification Commission for Drug and Alcohol Program Professionals (CCDAP) will be offering up to 40 Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) March 9-11.

Here is a list of training courses to help you earn your CEUs:

Monday, March 9

  • HHS Collector Training
  • Registered Professional Collector Training
  • Reasonable Suspicion Training
  • FMCSA Clearinghouse Training
  • Intro to Drug Impairment Recognition
  • Changing Cannabis Laws





Finally, don’t miss out on these opportunities:




Don’t miss your chance to get in front of industry professionals who need your services. More than two dozen businesses have already reserved their space and NDASA’s exhibit hall is filling up fast.

This is a singular opportunity to show DERs, TPAs, union representatives and more, what your company is all about.







Our discounted Hotel Conference Rate expires February 15th.


Be sure to book your room and register for the conference so you don’t miss our fresh line-up of training, speakers and presentations!