A number of Republican presidential candidates are talking about substance abuse on the campaign trail, according to The Washington Post. They are telling personal stories that are gaining a lot of media attention.
Jed Bush last week told The Huffington Post about his daughter Noelle’s struggle with drug addiction. “She went through hell,” he said. Ted Cruz told CNN he tried to save his half sister from a crack house. Chris Christie spoke about his law school friend’s 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.”
During the Republican presidential debate in September, Carly Fiorina spoke about how she and her husband “buried a child to drug addiction.” She added, “Drug addiction is an epidemic, and it is taking too many of our young people. I know this sadly from personal experience.”