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Republican Presidential Candidates Share Personally About Drug Addiction

Republican presidential candidates are speaking up about their personal stories related to substance abuse, according to The Washington Post.

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A recent video shows Chris Christie talking about a dear law school friend who died from drug addiction. “By every measure we define success, this guy had it,” Christie said. “He’s a drug addict. But he couldn’t get help. And he’s dead.”

Last week, former Governor of Florida, Jeb Bush, shared with The Huffington Post about his daughter, Noelle, and her battle with drug abuse and addiction. He explained “she went through hell.”

In a video posted on CNN, Ted Cruz, a junior U.S. Senator from Texas, spoke about how he tried to save his half-sister’s life by rescuing her from a crack house.

2016 presidential candidate, Carly Fiorina, spoke openly about how she and her husband buried their child as a result of drug addiction. She went on to say, “Drug addiction is an epidemic, and it is taking too many of our young people. I know this sadly from personal experience.”

While several of the candidates have shared very personal stories and experiences with drug addiction, Ben Carson has a very different opinion on the matter, stating that, “usually addictions occur in people who are vulnerable, who are lacking something in their lives.”

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It is refreshing to see these candidates talking openly about issues like drug addiction and possible solutions, rather than just dismiss it as just behavioral and moral issues. The more often individuals in leadership roles speak about addiction, the more hope there is for the future accessibility of addiction recovery.

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