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"As a first rate public speaker and one of the nation's experts in substance abuse, Carol Falkowski cuts to the chase.  Her facts and figures are masterfully woven in with practical information you can use - information for action. She makes the most complex concepts easily understood and boils them down into the basics of what you need to know. She's funny with a quick wit and uses both to punctuate real life stories. She clearly enjoys her work and it shows.  If you want the best speaker on substance abuse and what can be done about it, Carol Falkowski is the cream of the crop!"

Bowen White, M.D.
Author, Why Normal Isn't Healthy
Kansas City, Missouri


"During 2011, I had the pleasure of working with Carol Falkowski on several symposiums concerning heroin trafficking in the Twin Cities. Carol was tireless in organizing speakers from the law enforcement and medical communities to present members of the substance abuse treatment community with the most up to date information concerning the number one threat to area youth.  

As a result of Ms. Falkowski's efforts, substance abuse professionals were able to use the information provided by Ms. Falkowski to protect the public safety and reduce the instances of heroin overdose deaths throughout Minnesota. " 

Donald C, Canestraro
Supervisory Special Agent
U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration


"Carol has a unique gift of being able to take data from the street and see the trends that are appearing and especially the services needed to meet the coming needs. She not only is an epidemiologist who can track trends in the data, but she brings special strengths and experience in knowing and understanding what substance abuse treatment is, how it works, and the benefits in matching the addict with appropriate treatment.

Her 30 years working in this field give her an understanding of how things change and how certain patterns of use never change.  This longitudinal view is critical to really understand what is happening, the needs of the addicted, and how to best respond to their needs to return them to a healthy life."

Jane C. Maxwell, Ph.D.
Senior Research Scientist
Addiction Research Institute
Center for Social Work Research
The University of Texas at Austin


"Like many other Star Tribune reporters, Carol was the first person I called when writing about substance abuse. It isn't just her encyclopedic knowledge of drugs, trends and the ever-changing culture of abuse that attracted journalists like me. It is Carol's gift for making sense out of complex and baffling issues and placing these jarring episodes of reality into a context that anyone can understand.

I knew Carol was smart, funny and charming, but really discovered her ability to relate to audiences when a family member submerged into the quagmire of drug hell. Carol has had this family member and I join her at a handful of speaking engagements. One of the delights of speaking after Carol is you get to listen to her. She not only educates her audience, she engages them. She's a treasure. We're lucky to have her."

Paul Levy
Minneapolis Star Tribune


"Looking back over 40 years in the addiction field, Carol was the first person I encountered who understood the critical need for objective facts and data to create good public policy, design effective interventions, and deliver quality treatment. Her commitment to the field of addiction and the communities we serve has been a constant throughout her long career and her knowledge and expertise formidable."

Gary P. Olson, CEO
Center for Alcohol & Drug Treatment
Duluth, Minnesota


If parents are looking for effective ways to help prevent drug abuse, look no further than Drug Abuse Dialogues.

Bruce Mendelson
Denver Office of Drug Strategy and Denver Drug Strategy Commission



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