Bush got personal while holding a town hall in Merrimack, New Hampshire, on Wednesday

By Naja Rayne
Updated August 20, 2015 01:20 AM
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Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush got personal on Wednesday while addressing the addiction epidemic plaguing the United States.

Bush made a reference to his daughter Noelle’s struggle with substance abuse during a town hall in Merrick, New Hampshire, CNN reports.

“People need to stay together in this regard,” he said. “And, look, I have some personal experience with this as a dad, and it is the most heartbreaking thing in the world to have to go through.”

In early 2002 – while her uncle George W. Bush was president – Noelle was arrested for prescription fraud after she attempted to buy Xanax from a drug store drive-thru, TIME reported.

She was later sentenced to 10 days in jail after she was found with crack cocaine in a drug rehab center, CNN reports.

When asked on Wednesday about what he would do to combat the country’s growing heroin and prescription drug problem, Bush said that substance abuse is a “lifetime challenge” and should be faced with a “recovery kind of philosophy.”

Noelle has been seen at campaigning events with her father and family throughout the course of his campaign. She was there when her dad announced his run for the presidency in June and appeared again at a parade in New Hampshire for the Fourth of July.