Michael Botticelli was sworn in as Director of National Drug Control Policy at the White House on February 11, 2015, after being unanimously confirmed by the Senate. He joined the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) as Deputy Director in November 2012 and later served as Acting Director.
As Director of National Drug Control Policy, Mr. Botticelli leads the Obama Administration's drug policy efforts, which are based on a balanced public health and public safety approach. The Administration has advanced historic drug policy reforms and innovations in prevention, criminal justice, treatment, and recovery.
In response to the national opioid epidemic, Mr. Botticelli has coordinated actions across the Federal government to reduce prescription drug abuse, heroin use and related overdoses. These include supporting community-based prevention efforts; educating prescribers and the public about preventing prescription drug abuse; expanding use of the lifesaving overdose-reversal drug naloxone by law enforcement and other first responders; and increasing access to medication-assisted treatment and recovery support services to help individuals sustain their recovery from opioid use disorders.
Mark S. Gold, M.D.
Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Keck Medical School USC, and in the Department of Psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine, Chairman of the Rivermend Health Scientific Advisory Board, Director of Research at the DEA, Director of Medicine and Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Florida, and Founder of its Center for Drug and Alcohol Research, Member of the McKnight Brain Institute, Donald Dizney Eminent Scholar, and Distinguished Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. Dr. Gold has pioneered a whole science based on brain health and has written over 800 papers with renown medical physicians, presenting that most American medical costs are driven by brain disorders.
Humanitarian Award to Audrey Gruss, Founder of Hope for Depression and Bonnie Evans, Philanthropist
Miri Ben-Ari, violin virtuoso and Grammy Award winner
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Leonard Marshall played defensive end in the NFL from 1983 through '94 and is best known for his role within the great Giants defenses of the 1980s, when he helped the franchise win two Super Bowls and became one of the most feared run defenders and pass rushers in the game.
Marshall was part of the recently settled concussion lawsuit against the NFL, and he became a man on a mission after his own diagnosis. He's become an advocate and spokesman on the issue, partnering with several former players, including a number of Hall of Famers, in the Practice Like Pros initiative, an effort to help youth football players play the game more safely.
Bernard J. McGuirk is the executive producer of the Imus in the Morning radio program. In addition to serving as the show's producer, McGuirk's role on air is that of antagonist to Don Imus. McGuirk is also known for his humorous impersonations of notable celebrities, including John Cardinal O'Connor, Howard Stern, Ray Nagin, Muhammad Ali, and Maya Angelou. While working at WFAN, he famously called into other shows as "Antwan from the Bronx" and "Jamal from Jamaica".
Sidney Ferris "Sid" Rosenberg is an American radio personality. He is presently a co-host of The Bernie and Sid Show of 77 WABC in New York City. Rosenberg is known for his controversial and sarcastic humor as a host on many radio stations including, WAXY "790 The Ticket" in Miami, where he hosted his own morning show.
Cocktail hour, with a VIP meet-and-greet;
A silent auction of once-in-a-lifetime experiences;