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  • Robert F. Borkenstein Award

    ​The Alcohol, Drugs and Impairment Division of the National Safety Council has named Professor Dr. Dr. (h.c.) Marilyn A. Huestis the recipient of the 2018 Borkenstein Award.

    An Adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Professor Huestis spent 23 years conducting controlled drug administration studies for the National Institute on Drug Abuse and National Institutes of Health. During her career, Professor Huestis served on the National Commission on Forensic Sciences, was president of the Society of Forensic Toxicologists, chair of the Toxicology Section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and president of The International Association of Forensic Toxicologists, among many other positions, awards and recognitions.

    Read more about her achievements.

    Join Us in Honoring This Year's Winner

    The NSC Alcohol, Drugs and Impairment Division will honor Professor Dr. Dr. (h.c.) Marilyn A. Huestis at a dinner from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18, at the Wild Ginger, 1401 3rd Ave., Seattle. Register today.

    About the Award 

    The award, named for Breathalyzer® inventor Robert F. Borkenstein, recognizes individuals who, through a lifetime of service, have made outstanding contributions to the field of alcohol- and drug-related traffic safety. Honorees are selected by professionals involved in the Alcohol, Drugs and Impairment Division, which is managed by the National Safety Council.

  • Meet the NSC Alcohol, Drugs and Impairment Division Leaders

    The NSC Alcohol, Drugs and Impairment Division tackles substance abuse and prescription drug issues and makes recommendations to combat the impaired driving problem through legislation, education and other countermeasures. The Division also offers opportunities for safety-focused networking with others in the field.

    Chester Flaxmayer
    Alcohol, Drugs and Impairment Division Chairman



    Robert D. Johnson Ph.D
    Alcohol, Drugs and Impairment Division Vice Chairman

    Mr. Johnson earned a Ph.D in analytical chemistry from The University of Oklahoma. Certified as a Diplomate by the American Board of Forensic Toxicology, he joined the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office as the chief toxicologist in 2011. Prior to joining the ME's office he worked for 10 years as a senior research chemist at the Federal Aviation Administration's Civil Aerospace Medical Institute in Oklahoma City. Dr. Johnson is active in the Society of Forensic Toxicologists, the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and the Southwestern Association of Toxicologists. He has published more than 50 scientific articles.


    Sabra Botch-Jones M.S., M.A., D-ABFT-FT
    Alcohol, Drugs and Impairment Division Secretary

    Sabra Botch-Jones is a forensic toxicologist and assistant professor at Boston University School of Medicine Biomedical Forensic Sciences program. She is course director for Forensic Toxicology, Analysis of Controlled Substances and Instrumental Analysis. She conducts research in forensic toxicology and seized drug analysis. She began her career with the Federal Aviation Administration and was a senior forensic toxicologist/quality manager at the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office. She earned master of science degrees in drug chemistry and forensic toxicology from the University of Florida, and bachelors and masters of arts in criminal justice and CJ management and administration from University of Central Oklahoma. She has authored and coauthored 17 scientific articles. She serves on the Toxicology Subcommittee of the Organization for Scientific Area Committees and the Secretary of the Toxicology Consensus Body of the Academy Standards Board. Sabra is active in the American Academy of Forensic Sciences’ Humanitarian and Human Rights Resource Center.


    Laura J. Liddicoat
    Alcohol, Drugs and Impairment Division Immediate Past Chairman

    Ms Liddicoat received a bachelor's degree in medical technology at University of Wisconsin. She is a member of the Society of Forensic Toxicologists, American Academy of Forensic Sciences, International Association for Chemical Testing, Joint AAFS/SOFT Driving Under the Influence of Drugs Committee and the Organization of Scientific Area Committees. Liddicoat worked for 29 years in the Forensic Toxicology Section at the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene, where she served as technical expert for alcohol and drug chemists, reported and interpreted alcohol/drug results and provided testimony regarding drug pharmacology and effects on driving.


    Tammy T. Washington
    NSC Division Program Manager

    Tammy has been employed with NSC for more than 10 years. She is responsible for managing the NSC volunteer engagement programs, meetings, websites and databases. Besides the Alcohol, Drugs and Impairment Division, she also works with the Business & Industry, Construction, Labor and Utilities divisions. Tammy can be reached at (630) 775-2227.

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