Michael Botticelli has been sworn in as Deputy Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), according to UPI. Botticelli, who is in long-term recovery from addiction, is a former director of the Massachusetts Substance Abuse Services Bureau.
He has celebrated more than 24 years of sobriety, according to a statement from ONDCP.
In Massachusetts, Botticelli expanded prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery services. He supported efforts to establish a treatment system for adolescents, early intervention and treatment programs in primary healthcare settings, overdose prevention programs, jail diversion programs, and re-entry services for those leaving state and county correctional facilities.
“Michael brings a wealth of experience and expertise in the field of substance abuse,” said ONDCP Director R. Gil Kerlikowske. “As a champion of evidence-based drug policies and programs, he has improved the public health and safety of countless Americans by supporting both public health and public safety approaches to drug control. As one of millions of Americans in recovery, Michael also understands how vital it is that we treat substance use disorders as a disease that can be successfully prevented and treated.”