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GOP candidates call for end to stigma around drug addiction

6 years 1 week 6 days ago Tuesday, January 05 2016 Jan 5, 2016 January 05, 2016 1:02 PM January 05, 2016 in News
Source: Associated Press

HOOKSETT, N.H. - Republican presidential hopefuls are calling for a more compassionate discussion around drug addiction that focuses on substance abuse as a curable disease, not a moral failing.

Candidates are gathering Tuesday for a forum on addiction in New Hampshire, home of the first presidential primary and a state that's seen drug deaths skyrocket in recent years.

New Hampshire's prominent place in the nominating calendar has turned drug addiction into a fresh issue on the campaign trail. Candidates have taken to visiting a peer-recovery center in Manchester, attending drug roundtables at local hospitals and sharing stories they hear on the trail from New Hampshire voters battling addiction.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and technology executive Carly Fiorina, both of whom have had children with a drug addiction, are scheduled to speak.

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