New Surgeon General Sworn In
Vivek Murthy, the nation's latest top doctor, was sworn in last week. His confirmation to the post was held up for more than a year because of his views on gun violence. Meanwhile, The New York Times reports on Michael Botticelli, the Obama administration's 'drug czar' who has first hand knowledge of addiction.
Surgeon General Vivek Murthy On Gun Control, Vaccines And Science
Surgeon General Vivek Murthy was officially sworn in this week. His confirmation was held up for more than a year because of comments he made about gun violence. Murthy talks with NPR's Scott Simon. (4/25)
The New York Times:
Michael Botticelli Is A Drug Czar Who Knows Addiction Firsthand
Six recovering substance abusers sat in an inner-city treatment center, sharing their stories. When Michael’s turn came around, he spoke of his former drug of choice, alcohol, and mentioned the night years ago when he drove drunk on the Massachusetts Turnpike, caused an accident and was arrested before passing out. ... “You are my people,” he said, wiping one eye. Catharsis is common in treatment centers, but Michael is not the typical former substance abuser: He is Michael Botticelli, the director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, informally known as the drug czar. Mr. Botticelli is the first person in substance-abuse recovery to hold the position. (Schwartz, 4/25)