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

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.”

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    Taylor Watts

    March 30, 2015 at 7:56 AM

    The information he has posted on marijuana is not accurate. It concerns me that the head of Drug Policy does not know or post accurate information. It sends a confusing message to our children and adults. Why would they believe you if you give them inaccurate information? There is no reason why the correct information should not be posted. The misinformation spread by the Drug Policy agency has only created a deep mistrust for the agency. Please provide accurate information so people can make free and informed choices.

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    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.

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