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The New York Times: Jeb Bush Drops Guard to Share Family Account of Addiction

January 6, 2016

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HOOKSETT, N.H. — Jeb Bush’s elder son, George P. Bush, is the land commissioner of Texas and is nicknamed “47” — a look ahead to when, many joke, he will become the 47th president.

His younger son, John Ellis Bush Jr., briefly saw his name floated as a contender for a Florida congressional seat.

But Mr. Bush’s daughter, Noelle Bush, has stayed far from the world of politics, in part because of her long struggle with addiction. She faced felony charges that she tried to fill a fraudulent prescription for Xanax when she was 24, and later ended up in jail after she was found with pills and then crack cocaine in her shoe.

On Tuesday, Mr. Bush spoke of how his family dealt with his daughter’s difficulties, which became uncomfortably public when he was governor of Florida.

“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,” he said.

Mr. Bush has said he first checked with his daughter, now 38 and in recovery, before sharing her story, which he did at a forum on heroin addiction.

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