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
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.
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.
About the National Safety Council
Founded in 1913 and
chartered by Congress, the National Safety Council, nsc.org, is a nonprofit organization whose mission is
to save lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and
communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and
advocacy. NSC advances this mission by partnering with businesses, government
agencies, elected officials and the public in areas where we can make the most
impact – distracted driving, teen driving, workplace safety, prescription drug
overdoses and Safe Communities. Safety+Health magazine, the Council’s flagship publication, is a leading source
of occupational safety and health information.