The Tennessean posted the story “Drug czar slams criminalizing moms as Haslam mulls veto“.
The top White House drug policy czar said Monday in Nashville that he couldn’t comment on the decision Gov. Bill Haslam must make today about whether to sign legislation that would criminalize women who use drugs while pregnant.
Then he let fly.
“Under the Obama administration, we’ve really tried to reframe drug policy not as a crime but as a public health-related issue, and that our response on the national level is that we not criminalize addiction,” said Michael Botticelli, acting director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. “We want to make sure our response and our national strategy is based on the fact that addiction is a disease.”