(NEWSER) – Jeb Bush unveiled a nationwide plan to fight substance abuse on Tuesday and took the opportunity to speak about his family's own struggle with drugs.
"As a father, I have felt the heartbreak of drug abuse," he writes at Medium. "My daughter Noelle suffered from addiction, and like many parents facing similar situations, her mom and I struggled to help." Noelle Bush, then 24, was arrested in 2002 for attempting to fill a fraudulent prescription for Xanax, then for possessing crack cocaine at a Florida rehab center, per the Guardian.
"I never expected to see my precious daughter in jail," Bush writes, adding Noelle "went through hell" but is now "drug-free." "What I learned was that the pain that you feel when you have a loved one who has addiction challenges ... is something that is shared with a whole lot of people," he added at a substance abuse forum in New Hampshire, per the New York Times.
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