Our Addiction & Substance Use Policy Platform
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The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids congratulates Michael Botticelli on his confirmation as Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. No one is more deserving of the honor or more qualified for the position.
Director Botticelli is widely respected, not only by the Partnership, who has enjoyed a long working relationship with him, but by those in the broader addiction field. In his previous work as the Director of the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services in Massachusetts, Mr. Botticelli was known for being a results-oriented leader able to work collaboratively with criminal justice leaders and other key stakeholders. He has a deep knowledge of federal and state substance abuse financing systems and a thorough understanding of prevention and treatment programs, as well as the importance of a comprehensive continuum of care. Finally, as a person in long-term recovery, he projects an important message to families struggling with addiction as proof of hope and the reality of recovery.
In Massachusetts, Mr. Botticelli faced the challenges of heroin and prescription drug abuse and helped to develop innovative responses to the crisis in his state. He understands the inherent difficulty of balancing availability of life-saving medication for those who need it with regulation and controls meant to curb abuse. This experience will serve him well as the entire nation now grapples with the same issues.
The challenges of coordinating a myriad of federal agencies to address the opioid crisis are significant. We have full confidence that Mr. Botticelli is more than up to the task.
We at the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, the nation’s premiere organization working to reduce substance abuse among adolescents by supporting families and engaging with teens, look forward to working closely with Director Botticelli in his newly confirmed role.