Joe Reilly, President
Pre-employment screening like drug testing is one of the most crucial tasks that employers have to operationalize successfully to make an evidence-based selection of candidates. However, while conducting drug testing, businesses come across several major hurdles. First, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to it. As a result, expertise is required to provide the right drug test for the right reason while considering State and Federal laws.
Secondly, the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana has impelled employers to consult a seasoned professional for making crucial policy decisions on how to deal with a positive marijuana drug test. This becomes simple for regulated employees as marijuana is prohibited according to the Department of Transportation (DOT) testing regulations. But non-regulated employers must have a policy decision based on current state laws for pre-employment and ongoing drug testing. Businesses must decide when and where they will accommodate medical marijuana patients (applicants or current employees).
Enter National Drug Screening, Inc (NDS).
With a focus on drug testing, NDS provides its services with unmatched expertise, professionalism to significantly reduce customers’ exposure to liability. “We are experts in drug testing and don’t see vendors in our market that are experts in multiple services. We only provide drug testing as industry experts with professional services in compliance with State and Federal laws as well as industry standards and best practices,” says Joe Reilly, President, National Drug Screening, Inc (NDS). Further, the company provides a robust MRO Results Online web portal system, providing for the instant ordering of drug tests and faster turn-around time for drug test results.
He further adds that it is essential to run the drug testing process in the right way, whether DOT regulated or in compliance with state laws (for employers not regulated by the DOT). “We often come across the concept of false positive drug test.
The NDS philosophy is to be the best at one important component of the pre-employment screening process—drug testing
This only happens when a drug testing program is not conducted with best practices and industry standards,” states Reilly. That’s why NDS ensures specimen collection by a trained collector, strict documented chain of custody of the specimen, laboratory analysis by a laboratory certified by the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the final review and verification of laboratory results by a certified Medical Review Officer (MRO). Also, a two-step testing process is followed at the lab with initial screening and confirmation testing of any non-negative result. The confirmation process detects the exact metabolite of the drug using a gold standard process of gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS).
Since 1993, NDS has been offering small and medium-size employers high-quality service with fair, competitive pricing under the leadership of Reilly. As one of the experts in the industry, he is often hired as a consultant, trainer, business advisor, and expert witness. Reilly’s philosophy is to always train all the 20 members of his team to transform them into industry leaders and make them capable of limiting exposure to liability. “Our goal is to be the best at one important component of the pre-employment screening process—drug testing,” mentions Reilly.
What’s more? NDS always stays current on drug testing trends to the benefit of its customer base. Every team member attends industry conferences and educational webinars constantly to get well-versed with the changing industry landscape. NDS also maintains memberships in three national drug testing associations: National Drug & Alcohol Screening Association (NDASA)
, Substance Abuse Program Administrators Association (SAPAA), and Drug and Alcohol Testing Industry Association (DATIA). Reilly had the honor and privilege of serving on the board of directors of DATIA for nine years—with four of those years as the chairman of the board of directors.
Needless to say, his efficiency and broad experience have been instrumental in NDS’ growth. In the coming years, the company will continue with the same focus to provide up to date robust technology and excellent service to clients. “The NDS marketing plans are two-fold. One is word of mouth, and the other is the continual improvement of the NDS website to provide our customers and prospects with the latest and most accurate professional information on drug testing,” concludes Reilly.