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For Immediate Release,
12/18/2013
Contact:
Kathy Lane
Communications Director
(630) 775-2307
kathy.lane@nsc.org
 
NSC Announces J. Michael Walsh as 2014 Robert F. Borkenstein Award recipient
 
Itasca, IL - The National Safety Council is pleased to honor J. Michael Walsh, Ph.D. with the 2014 Robert F. Borkenstein Award. Walsh, the 23rd recipient of the award, is internationally known for his expertise in substance abuse issues with more than 28 years of federal service in senior research and policy positions.
 
Walsh currently serves as president of the Walsh Group in Bethany Beach, Del. For more than 20 years, this applied research and consulting firm has been known for its research on substance abuse policy, drug treatment and the development of drug detection technology. This research has shaped national policy and guided action in addressing the drug impaired driver.
 
Before this position, Walsh was the executive director of the President’s Drug Advisory Council, Executive Office of the President, and director of the Division of Applied Research at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). It was during this time at NIDA that he led national research programs including drug policy and testing.
 
Walsh, the author of more than 100 publications, has appeared before congressional committees of both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to provide expert testimony on issues relating to the impact of drugs. He is the single person most responsible for creating the federal workplace drug testing program and its subsequent success.
 
The award, named for Professor Robert F. Borkenstein – the inventor of the Breathalyzer®, recognizes individuals who, through a lifetime of service, have made outstanding contributions to the field of alcohol/drugs in relation to traffic and transportation safety. Walsh will be presented with the award on Feb. 17, 2014 in Seattle, at a dinner in his honor, in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Alcohol, Drugs and Impairment Division.
 
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