|7th Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy|
March 7, 2014 – January 20, 2017
Acting: March 7, 2014 – February 11, 2015
|Preceded by||Gil Kerlikowske|
|Succeeded by||James W. Carroll|
|Born||January 2, 1958|
Troy, New York, U.S.
|Education||Siena 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. He does support the legalization of cannabis and taxing it.
Personal life[change | change source]
Botticelli and his partner have dated since 1995 and were married in 2009.
References[change | change source]
- Pelley, Scott. "A New Direction On Drugs". www.cbsnews.com. Retrieved December 15, 2015.
- Scott Pelley. "A New Direction On Drugs". CBS News. Retrieved May 3, 2017.
- /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.
- WUSA 7:12 a.m. EDT April 30, 2014 (April 30, 2014). "New face of recovery: White House drug czar". Wusa9.com. Retrieved June 24, 2014.
Other websites[change | change source]
- "Michael Botticelli - Acting Director of National Drug Control Policy". WhiteHouse.gov. Archived from the original on April 18, 2014.
- "Botticelli deputy director of drug policy". United Press International. Retrieved November 28, 2012.