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Jan 5, 2016 4:00 PM

Landrigan: GOP presidential candidates get personal about connections with opioid epidemic

HOOKSETT - Opioid overdoses are at an epidemic levels in New Hampshire.

It's little wonder that when it comes to talking about the problem in the Granite State, those who want to be president got personal during policy forum Tuesday at Southern New Hampshire University.

"Well we lost our daughter Lori to addictions, and so I personally know the heartbreak that a parent feels, and I know that too many people in New Hampshire feel that heartbreak,’’ Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina said.

Fiorina’s daughter died in 2009.

Jeb Bush spoke of how he and his wife gave tough love to their daughter, Norelle, in 2000 - making sure she stayed in jail for 10 days for illegal drug use.

"I have a personal experience with this, and I know how tragic it is for families to have a loved one go through this,’’ Bush said.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich made fighting addiction a top priority when mothers of children who died from overdoses met with him six years ago.

"I have a lot of experience with a lot of families - you know - and people who are successful whose kids are caught in the addiction trap,’’ Kasich told NH1 News.

And New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie experienced the problem of doctors too easily prescribing painkillers.

"Our oldest daughter Sarah she was 18 at the time, she had two wisdom teeth taken out. The doctor wrote her a prescription for 30 Percocet,’’ Christie said, shaking his head. "30 Percocet for two wisdom teeth. I looked at her and said, take an Advil and go to sleep. I am not letting you take 30 Percoset."

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