Bio – Joe Reilly

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President, National Drug Screening, Inc

Joe Reilly entered the world of drug testing in 1993 and over the last 25+ years has become a leading national expert on workplace drug testing, drug free workplace programs and specimen collections for drug tests. When asked about what he likes most about his job today, Joe stated “I do a lot of consulting and training along with expert witness testimony. I really enjoy helping others understand everything about workplace drug testing”.

Born and raised in New York City, Joe now resides in Indian Harbour Beach, Florida with his wife Robin. Joe graduated in 1979 from Manhattan College, Bronx, NY with a Bachelor of Science (Business Administration) with majors in Accounting and Marketing. Joe moved to Florida in 1981 to start his entrepreneurial journey.\

When he first started in drug testing, Reilly saw an opportunity that has turned into a successful nationwide business. Employers were looking to drug test employees and in Florida this enabled companies to save 5% on workers comp insurance premiums. A few months later, Reilly learned that the United States Department of Transportation required drug & alcohol testing of transportation related private companies thus providing another opportunity.

Drug Testing Lab

Reilly’s Brevard County, Florida based business grew to service employers and individuals for drug testing services in all areas of the United States including Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. In 2008 Reilly sold Florida Drug Screening to embark on more drug testing industry consulting opportunities. Joe got back in the business of operating as a third-party administrator (TPA) for drug testing programs in 2013 when he opened National Drug Screening (NDS). Recognized by the drug testing industry association (DATIA) as Nationally Accredited for Administration of Drug and Alcohol Testing Programs (NAADATP); the team at National Drug Screening helps employers implement and maintain comprehensive drug free workplace programs in compliance with industry best practices, Federal and State laws and regulations.

Joe served 2004 to 2008 as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Drug and Alcohol Testing Industry Association (DATIA) – the national trade organization for the drug testing industry. Based in Washington, DC; the Drug and Alcohol Testing Industry Association (DATIA) was founded in 1995 and represents the entire spectrum of drug and alcohol service providers including collection sites, laboratories, consortiums/TPAs, MROs, and testing equipment. DATIA has over 1500 members nationwide and ensures that the industry’s voice is heard by key policymakers in Congress and Federal Agencies.

Currently known throughout the United States as an expert in the drug testing industry, Joe is in demand as an expert witness. He has provided consulting, speaking engagements and training programs for many organizations including the US Small Business Administration (SBA), the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), the US Department of Education, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the Washington DC Department of Public Works, the Florida Office of Drug Control, the Florida Department of Corrections, the Drug and Alcohol Testing Industry Association (DATIA), the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS), the Florida Trucking Association, Florida Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) and numerous Chambers of Commerce and business associations.

Some other highlights of Joe’s interesting career include:

  • Recipient of a US Small Business Administration (SBA) grant to help small businesses implement drug free workplace programs
  • Recipient of US Department of Education grant to help private and public schools implement student drug testing programs
  • October 2004 – featured in Florida Trend magazine as head cheerleader for drug testing
  • In 2004 appointed by James McDonough, State of Florida, Governor’s Office of Drug Control to serve on the Drug Free Workplace task force
  • 2003 – Traveled to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to help implement a drug testing program and collector training courses for employees
  • 2003 – 2005 – Provided oversight, training and auditing for urine specimen collections for Major League Baseball and Minor League Baseball drug testing and steroid testing national programs
  • Member of SAPAA – The Substance Abuse Program Administrators Association – Promotes standards in the administration of workplace substance abuse prevention programs through education and training
  • Member of NDASA – National Drug & Alcohol Screening Association advocating for safe and drug-free workplaces and communities through legislative advocacy, education, training and excellence in drug and alcohol testing services
  • Master Trainer and Regional Trainer (M-CPCT and R-CPCT) – Drug & Alcohol Industry Testing Industry Association (DATIA) instructor for Certified Professional Collector Training Program (CPCT)
  • Master Trainer – Breath Alcohol Testing – Evidential Breath Alcohol Testing, DOT and Non-DOT – Certified as a Master Trainer for Lifeloc Phoenix 6.0 and EV 30 Evidential Breath Alcohol Testing devices
  • Past President of the Palm Bay Rotary Club
  • Past Board member of the Palm Bay Chamber of Commerce
  • Current member of the Melbourne Regional Chamber of Commerce; past board member and member of numerous other chambers of commerce
  • September 2018 – Traveled to Dublin, Ireland as a participant in the International Forum for Drug and Alcohol Testing (IFDAT)
  • Member since 1997 – the Drug & Alcohol Testing Industry Association (DATIA)
  • Member since 2018 – National Drug & Alcohol Screening Association (NDASA)
  • Member since 2015 – SHRM and South Brevard SHRM Chapter
  • National course instructor for DATIA industry training courses – In’s & Outs of Drug Testing, Reasonable Suspicion Supervisor Training, Designated Employer Representative (DER) training and DOT urine specimen collector training
  • May 2004 received DATIA’s Public Awareness Award
  • June 2015 received DATIA Top Entrepreneur Award
  • Served for over 12 years as board member for the Drug & Alcohol Testing Industry Association (DATIA) including four years as Chairman of the Board

Over the years, Reilly has been a presenter at many industry conferences, some of the more recent topics have included:

  • NAPBS 2017 – Sell More Drug Testing
  • DATIA 2018 – Big Easy Ideas to Grow Your Business
  • DATIA 2015 – Best Practices for the TPA
  • CEO Round Table – 2019 – Marijuana in Your Florida Workplace
  • Washington DC Government (2017,2018,2019) – Designated Employer Representative (DER) Training
  • Florida Trucking Association, 2013 – Substance Abuse and Safety in the Trucking Industry

In December of 2018, Joe Reilly was honored as a Business Leader of the Year by Space Coast Business magazine, a trusted voice for the Brevard County, Florida’s thriving business community. Joe was delighted to receive the Simpkins Entrepreneurial Award emphasizing his business passion, skills development, leveraging of experience and opportunistic thinking. With this award, Reilly celebrated 25 years in the drug and alcohol testing industry.

SHRM Conference Interview

At the 2015 SHRM Conference in Las Vegas, Joe Reilly President of National Drug Screening was interview by Jennifer Gladstone from the EBI Screening News Network. Reilly a leading expert on workplace drug testing reported on the rapidly changing industry. In this video Joe discussed the important of updating drug free workplace policies to address medical marijuana and recreational marijuana.  Joe also discusses various drug testing panels including 10 panel, 10 panel plus expanded opiates, Bath Salts and Spice.

Click Here to view the short 3 minute video, Joe Reilly Interview: The Rapidly Changing World of Drug Testing

Joe Reilly Published Articles

Is Your Workplace Drug Free?Space Coast Business Magazine03/2019
Marijuana in your Florida WorkplaceSpace Coast Business Magazine12/2019
For National Drug Screening in Melbourne, business is starting to boomFlorida Today07/2018
Drug Screening Company Helps with Workplace IssuesFlorida Today01/2016
Reasonable Suspicion TestingA Guide for Workplace Supervisors, 69 pages12/2016
Advanced Drug Testing Management – TPA Best PracticesTraining Manual for DATIA Advanced Drug Testing Management training course03/2015
What to Look for in a C/TPA or Program ManagerOH&S Occupational Health & Safety Magazine09/2015
TPA Best PracticesDATIA focus02/2015
Best Practices for Urine CollectionsDATIA focus10/2014
Drug Testing & Safety: What’s the Connection?OH&S Occupational Health & Safety Magazine09/2014
Eliminate Mistakes Before Your Collection Site AuditDATIA focus – Headline Article07/2014
Mistakes People Make – DERDATIA focus07/2011
Mistakes People Make – MRODATIA focus10/2011
Mistakes People Make – CollectorsDATIA focus12/2012
Mistakes People Make – Random TestingDATIA focus04/2012
Mistakes People Make – Collection site AuditsDATIA focus07/2012
Mistakes People Make – TPADATIA focus10/2012
Understanding the Process – Initial Steps to Selling Your Drug Testing BusinessDATIA focus07/2010
Getting into the Business – Drug & Alcohol TestingDATIA focus – Headline Article05/2011

News Articles Featuring Joe Reilly and National Drug Screening

THE FREE PRESS, September 22, 2020, Joe Reilly Recognized as NDASA Approved Trainer

SuperbCrew. April 24, 2019 – An Interview With Joe Reilly, President Of National Drug Screening

Florida Virtual Entrepreneur Center, November 1, 2019 – Learn about Florida Entrepreneur Joe Reilly

Space Coast Business, December 5, 2018 – Simpkins Entrepreneurial Award | Joe Reilly

Florida Today, July 13, 2018 – For National Drug Screening in Melbourne, business is starting to boom

Florida Today, January 18, 2016 – Melbourne drug screening company helps with work issues

OHS, OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH & SAFETY MAGAZINE, September 1, 2014 – Drug Testing & Safety: What’s the Connection?

Florida Trend, October 1, 2004 – Drug Testing Made Easy, May 2, 2008 – Say no to drugs, yes to tests