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About Carol Falkowski

Carol Falkowski's distinguished career in the addiction field spans more than three decades in the public and non-profit arenas. She is author the reference book, Dangerous Drugs: An Easy-To-Use Reference for Parents and Professionals.

At the nonprofit Hazelden Foundation, Falkowski worked in various capacities involving research, public policy and communications (1997 ' 2007).  At the Minnesota Department of Human Services as director of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division, the state agency responsible for the administration of $140 million in public funds for substance abuse prevention, treatment and recovery programs in Minnesota, she initiated community-based recovery organizations and the integration of alcohol screening into primary health care settings.  She was the 2010 recipient of the Ramstad Kennedy Award for Outstanding Leadership from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration,a national award is presented annually to the head of a state drug abuse agency for outstanding support for recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs.

Falkowski has delivered educational workshops in 28 states, Canada, Mexico and Europe, and has provided expert testimony to numerous legislative bodies. She is widely published in professional periodicals. View Carol's publications.  She has provided technical assistance and consultation to the National Institute of Justice, the American Bar Association, the National Drug Intelligence Center and the Rand Corporation.  She served on the Drug Abuse Advisory Committee of the US Food and Drug Administration, and since 1986 has represented the Twin Cities in a nationwide epidemiology workgroup that monitors emerging drug abuse trends for the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Falkowski is frequently sought by the media -- national, regional and local -- as an articulate expert on drug abuse-related issues. Her comments have appeared in numerous print media including USA Today, The New York Times, United Press International, Associated Press, TIME, Newsweek, Reader's Digest, Family Circle, Cosmopolitan, Teen People, Washington Post, Working Mother, Seattle Times, Los Angeles Times, Fort Worth Star Telegram, Chicago Daily Herald, Cincinnati Enquirer, Minneapolis Star Tribune, and the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Her radio interviews include: Talk of the Nation and All Things Considered (National Public Radio) and BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation). She has appeared on NBC's Today Show, FOX News LIVE, CNN's Anderson Cooper, CNN's In the Money, the Jane Pauley Show, ABC's 20/20 and NBC's Nightly News.


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