"In 1988, after being arrested on charges of causing an accident while driving drunk on the Massachusetts Turnpike, he woke up the next morning handcuffed to a hospital bed," reads the New York Times story on Michael Botticelli. As a result, Botticelli, now the director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, emerged from court-ordered treatment for alcohol abuse as a renewed man. He began working with other substance abusers, in Massachusetts and then nationally.
Botticelli became "Drug Czar"--the common name for his job--last year. He is the first person with an acknowledged history of substance abuse to hold the position. Botticelli's got a big job, with deaths from prescription drugs and heroin up sharply over the last decade. The Obama administration is betting Botticelli, a former substance abuser himself, will be able to make a difference.
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