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Botticelli Named Deputy Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy

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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.”

2 Responses to this article

  1. Avatar of Monica Richardson
    Monica Richardson / May 7, 2014 at 4:10 am

    First off, I don’t care that he is in “long term recovery”. I don’t think that helps in doing his job. A normal person might be a better fit. “He supported efforts to establish a treatment system for adolescents, early intervention and treatment programs” So what does that mean? Is he aware of the troubled teen industry? Early intervention? Sounds scary to me. How long did he get to drink for ? 20 years? I think putting an AA member in this position with their black and white thinking is a bad idea as far as I can see.

  2. Avatar of Genius
    Genius / February 11, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    this guy could not answer like an alpha male to drug policy questions…who decided that marijuana kills more then tobacco. Only morons.

    http://www.upworthy.com/congressman-yells-at-drug-policy-director-when-he-refuses-to-answer-a-simple-marijuana-question

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