Jacqueline Hackett with Bloomberg School Professor Joshua Sharfstein

Image caption: Jacqueline Hackett with Bloomberg School Professor Joshua Sharfstein

Solutions to combat drug addiction

As a high school senior, Jacqueline Hackett, BSPH '19 (MPH), testified before a congressional committee about strategies to prevent underage drinking. She knew at a young age what she wanted to do with her life and where she wanted to do it.

Hackett wrote her college entrance essay on wanting to work on drug prevention policy in the White House, and she made it: Today, she is deputy chief of staff for the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. Hackett is optimistic that her life's work has helped diminish negative stigmas about addiction.

"People aren't scared to talk about their addictions. … [They] have become more understanding that addiction is a disease, that it's treatable, and that it is important to get the right care to people when they need it," she says.

Now a Bloomberg American Health Initiative doctoral fellow, Hackett is working on her dissertation on improving access to naloxone, the lifesaving medication for treating overdoses.

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