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Michael Botticelli

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Obama’s Drug Czar Michael Botticelli discusses George Floyd, DMX and the Pervasiveness of Stigma

Heart of the Matter

For the 14th episode of Heart of the Matter, Elizabeth Vargas is joined by one of the nation’s leading addiction experts: Michael Botticelli. As the first person in recovery from addiction to serve as the director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, Michael has faced his fair share of challenges. Even before his confirmation, colleagues doubted that Michael would be fit for the role because he had a substance use disorder.In this episode, Michael reflects on his own recovery, his experiences facing stigma, and how stigma and racism have impacted the way George Floyd and rapper DMX have been perceived in death. Related reading:After you listen, explore these resources from Partnership to End Addiction to learn more about the topics and themes discussed in this episode:Words Matter: The Language of AddictionAdvocate for ChangeManaging Long-Term Recovery from Addiction


20 Apr 2021

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210 - Overdose and the COVID-19 Pandemic: Obama’s Drug Czar Michael Botticelli on America’s Opioid Epidemic

Public Health On Call

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, rates of opioid overdose have increased dramatically but this is only due in part to disruption of services and increased isolation. Michael Botticelli, former head of the Office of National Drug Control Policy in the Obama administration and 32 years into his own recovery, talks with guest host Brendan Saloner about how America’s opioid epidemic was already on a terrible trajectory prior to the pandemic, policy solutions to address overdose, the importance of combating stigma against addiction, and what needs to happen next.


30 Nov 2020

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Michael Botticelli: The Politics of the Opioid Epidemic

Public Health Post

Michael Botticelli, Executive Director of the Grayken Center for Addiction, describes the state of the opioid epidemic, explains how policies changed in the eras of Obama and Trump, highlights bi-partisan efforts, and offers advice to the current generation of public health practitioners responding to the epidemic.


25 Jan 2020

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Michael Botticelli of the Grayken Center, and President Obama's former "Drug Czar

The Right Mind Media Podcast

Michael Botticelli, “Drug Czar” under the Obama administration, joins us to talk about the opioid epidemic: what needs to be done, how he feels the current administration is handling it, and how his new role as Executive Director of the Grayken Center for Addiction Medicine puts him in a unique position to help make a change.


26 Oct 2017

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Michael Botticelli on Continuing to Fight the Addiction Crisis

Boston MedTalks - Boston Medical Center

Addiction is the most pressing public health crisis of our time. It is a chronic, medical condition that can impair health and function and is characterized by repeated use of a substance despite harmful consequences.In this segment, Michael Botticelli, one of the nation's leading addiction experts, who served as the Director of National Drug Control Policy at the White House under President Obama and is currently the Director of Boston Medical Center's newly established Grayken Center for Addiction Medicine, joins the show to discuss how policy makers, clinicians, patients and families in crisis from across the country are turning to BMC because of its expertise and leadership in caring for patients with addiction. Among the busiest, most comprehensive treatment centers for behavioral health and addiction treatment in the country, BMC has established a formal Addiction Center to help turn the tide on this national crisis.

11 Jul 2017