Michael Botticelli

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Michael Botticelli
7th Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy
In office
March 7, 2014 – January 20, 2017
Acting: March 7, 2014 – February 11, 2015
PresidentBarack Obama
Preceded byGil Kerlikowske
Succeeded byJames W. Carroll
Personal details
Born (1958-01-02) January 2, 1958 (age 65)
Troy, New York, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
EducationSiena College (BS)
St. Lawrence University (MEd)

Michael P. Botticelli (born January 2, 1958) is an American public official. He served as the 7th Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) from March 2014 until the end of President Barack Obama's term in January 2017. He was named acting director after the resignation of Gil Kerlikowske, and received confirmation from the United States Senate in February 2015.

Career[change | change source]

As director of ONDCP, Botticelli has advocated to expand the usage of naloxone, improved education for providers around prescription painkillers and providing clean syringes for injection drug users to limit the spread of HIV and Hepatitis C.

Botticelli criticized America's dealing with drug issues stating that "We can't arrest and incarcerate addiction out of people", talking about the War on Drugs. He believes the focus should be on treatment rather than putting people in jail.[1] He does support the legalization of cannabis and taxing it.[2]

Following the end of the Obama administration, the Grayken Center for Addiction Medicine at the Boston Medical Center named Botticelli its executive director.[3]

Personal life[change | change source]

Botticelli and his partner have dated since 1995 and were married in 2009.[4]

References[change | change source]

  1. Pelley, Scott. "A New Direction On Drugs". www.cbsnews.com. Retrieved December 15, 2015.
  2. Scott Pelley. "A New Direction On Drugs". CBS News. Retrieved May 3, 2017.
  3. /00:00Playing Live (March 22, 2017). "Former White House Drug Czar To Lead Addiction Medicine Center In Boston | CommonHealth". Wbur.org. Retrieved May 3, 2017.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  4. WUSA 7:12 a.m. EDT April 30, 2014 (April 30, 2014). "New face of recovery: White House drug czar". Wusa9.com. Archived from the original on January 22, 2016. Retrieved June 24, 2014.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)

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