Heroin and prescription drug use worries New Hampshire voters, who frequently ask 2016 presidential candidates what they would do to tackle the addiction surge.
Republican Jeb Bush got the question once again in Merrimack on Wednesday. And he made reference to his own daughter's past struggle with drug use.
Addiction is a "lifetime challenge," he said, and addicts need help from friends and family to adopt recovery as a "philosophy."
"People need to stay together in this regard," Bush said, noting he had gone to a private roundtable earlier in the day to discuss the issue. "And, look, I have some personal experience with this, just as a dad, and it is the most heartbreaking thing in the world to have to go through."
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Noelle Bush, then in her 20s, was arrested in 2002 in Tallahassee and charged with trying to fill a false drug prescription. Her father was Florida governor and her uncle George W. Bush was president, so the arrest made headlines. She is now in her late 30s and occasionally appears with her father on the campaign trail, including an event lat month in Orlando, where she lives.