He’s the drug czar — and a recovering alcoholic

(Michele McDonald / For The Washington Post)

Decades after getting sober, Michael Botticelli is tasked with spearheading the Obama administration’s drug policy, which is largely predicated around the idea of shifting people with addiction into treatment and support programs and away from the criminal justice system.

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