2013 marked the second year in a row that Quest Diagnostics has been a presenting sponsor of the Drug and Alcohol Testing Industry Association (DATIA) conference, one of the drug testing industry’s largest annual gatherings. By helping to support this event, we feel as though we are directly contributing to not only furthering DATIA’s cause, but also to further the collective drug and alcohol testing initiatives that join us together. “According to a SAMHSA survey, drug and alcohol testing costs U.S. employers more than $81 billion annually,” said Doug Meiser, Sales Director, Quest Diagnostics Employer Solutions. “It’s through employee screenings that employer’s choose to take back an element of control for the safety and productivity of their workplaces.”
Last week more than 600 industry professionals gathered at the DATIA conference in Orlando. As a DATIA board member and the leader of one of the industry’s largest testing providers, I always look forward to this event. It’s a great way to reconnect with industry colleagues and the fact that we’re a key supporter of this conference is just icing on the cake. To me, this is a great way for us to put our money where our mouth is, and to showcase the fact that we are committed to showing We’re There When You Need Us.
The conference is also a great way to showcase our products and services. We promoted Oral-Eze, the industry’s latest oral fluid testing innovation. Dr. Barry Sample also shared his presentation on 25 years of the Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index™. “We’ve performed more than 100 million drug tests over the past quarter-century. It was fascinating to analyze the trends and to share some of the insights at the conference,” said Dr. Sample, Science & Technology Director, Quest Diagnostics Employer Solutions.
Next year’s conference is still a year away and we’re already making plans for how we can both support and leverage this exceptional industry event.