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In the past, the position of drug czar was given to an ex-military or former law enforcement person, being the logical choice. Today, the story is little bit different and many might find it interesting to learn that the current drug czar is not only ex-military or former law enforcement, but is actually in recovery himself.
Drug czar, Michael Botticelli, changed his life after a drunk driving accident on the Massachusetts Turnpike more than 25 years ago. Botticelli began drinking regularly when he was a junior in high school, developing into alcoholism through his 20s, and being arrested for drunken driving in 1988.
“There is no shame in this. This is a disease,” Botticelli said in Worcester, addressing a recent conference sponsored by the New England School of Addiction and Prevention Studies.
After a long stent as director of the Massachusetts’s Bureau of Substance Abuse Services, he was selected to be the U.S. Drug Czar. His initiatives and unorthodox methods of treating addiction in his own state caught the eye of many, including former czar Gil Kerlikowske.
After years of arresting everyone who had any connection with drugs, Botticelli believes the best way to fight substance abuse is to reduce demand, and no longer wasting huge amounts of money and manpower into jailing dealers and penalizing users.
The Boston Globe