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White House Drug Czar On Opioid Policies Under Trump

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 drug abuse. (Alex Brandon/AP)
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 drug abuse. (Alex Brandon/AP)
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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. He says he's confident that the Trump Administration will continue pushing many of the policies he's been working on since he left the Massachusetts department of public health.

We also asked Botticelli about the recent report from the U.S. surgeon general saying addiction is a brain disease and not a character and that treatment for opioid use should include medication coupled with counseling and other supports.

This segment did not air on November 22, 2016.

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Michael Botticelli, Director of National Drug Control Policy at the White House. He tweets @botticelli44.

This segment aired on November 22, 2016. The audio for this segment is not available.

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