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In this Jan. 27, 2016, file photo, Michael Botticelli, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, testifies during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on attacking America's epidemic of heroin and prescription. (Alex Brandon/AP File)
In this Jan. 27, 2016, file photo, Michael Botticelli, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, testifies during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on attacking America's epidemic of heroin and prescription. (Alex Brandon/AP File)
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Among those preparing for the new Trump administration is a man who left Massachusetts to work on a major issue for the Obama White House — the issue of substance use.

Michael Botticelli, director of the White House Office of Drug Control Policy, believes that fighting opioid addiction has strong bipartisan support.

Botticelli says he's hopeful the Trump administration will continue pushing many of the same policies he's been working on since he was at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

We talked with Botticelli at the 32nd Annual Rosalynn Carter Symposium on Mental Health Policy last week and started by asking him about the recent report from the U.S. surgeon general that says addiction is not a character flaw.

This segment aired on November 25, 2016.

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