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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.

Falkowski has delivered professional and community workshops in 28 states, Canada, Mexico and Europe. She has provided expert testimony to U.S. Congressional committees and numerous other legislative bodies. She is widely published in professional periodicals. View Carol's publications.

Falkowski 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 from 1995 through 1999, 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’s 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.

At the nonprofit Hazelden Foundation, Falkowski worked in various capacities involving research, public policy and communications(1997 – 2007).  She was president of the Minnesota Smokefree Coalition (2003 - 2004), a coalition of business and health care providers dedicated to reducing the harm caused by tobacco, and served as co-chair of the Research Committee of the Minnesota Partnership for Action Against Tobacco, the group responsible for the distribution of $100 million in tobacco-related research funds.

In 2007, she returned to 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. As director 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.  This national award is presented annually to the head of a state agency overseeing addiction prevention, treatment and recovery services for outstanding support for recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs.

Falkowski has co-produced 10 educational documentaries on substance abuse-related topics since 2006 with Hazelden and the Department of Human Services in partnership with Twin Cities Public Television. These programs have been televised throughout Minnesota. Life After Meth and Meth: Shadow Across America were also broadcast by PBS affiliate stations in other states. In 2007, Women’s Road to Recovery earned a national Silver Telly Award for outstanding television production, chosen from over 13,000 entries from 50 states and 5 continents.

Most recently, as drug abuse strategy officer at the Minnesota Department of Human Services, Falkowski worked with other state agencies to develop Minnesota’s first-ever State Substance Abuse Strategy.  It provides an overview of substance abuse in the State and how various agencies address it. It outlines immediate action steps to address the State’s growing opiate abuse problems and a long-range, policy blueprint for the future. See the Minnesota State Substance Abuse Strategy news release and the Minnesota State Substance Abuse Strategy document itself.


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