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Jeb Bush discusses daughter's drug addiction at N.H. forum

Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush speaks at the Forum on Addiction and the Heroin Epidemic at Southern New Hampshire University in Hooksett, N.H.

Cheryl Senter | New York Times

Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush speaks at the Forum on Addiction and the Heroin Epidemic at Southern New Hampshire University in Hooksett, N.H.

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Jeb Bush on Tuesday spoke candidly about  how his family has intimately experienced the ravages of drug addiction.

Bush was one of several Republican presidential hopefuls who addressed the Forum on Addiction and the Heroin Epidemic at Southern New Hampshire University in Hooksett, N.H.

At the forum, Bush tried to articulate how his family dealt with his daughter Noelle’s addiction difficulties, which became uncomfortably public when he was governor of Florida, according to a New York Times report.

Noelle Bush was 24 when she faced felony charges that she tried to fill a fraudulent prescription for Xanax, and she ended up in jail after she was found with pills and then crack cocaine in her shoe.

"What I learned was that the pain that you feel when you have a loved one who has addiction challenges, and kind of spirals out of control, is something that is shared with a whole lot of people," Bush told the New Hampshire audience.

He said he first checked with his daughter, now in recovery, to make sure she was comfortable with him sharing her story.

The New York Times said Bush spoke about how he'll never forget the day his daughter graduated from Florida drug court. "It was an extraordinary event," he said, addressing more than 100 people — most of them addiction and substance abuse advocates, and some in recovery themselves.

[Last modified: Tuesday, January 5, 2016 11:43pm]

    

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