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Jeb Bush blames heroin addiction problem on the Mexican drug cartels

January 6, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Jeb Bush blames heroin addiction problem on the Mexican drug cartels

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GOP Presidential candidate Jeb Bush is placing blame on the nation’s massive heroin addiction problem on Mexican drug cartels.

The issue hits close to home for Bush, his daughter Noelle’s heroin addiction has been well documented.

In his blog post on Medium, Bush wrote that “sharp increases in the abuse of prescription painkillers” has fueled a significant number of Americans addicted to heroin and other types of illegal narcotics.

“The problem is exacerbated by massive increases in the availability of cheap, highly potent heroin, primarily the result of Mexican drug cartels getting involved in the production, trafficking and distribution of heroin and other illicit drugs,” Bush wrote.

Bush wrote about his family “went through hell” in dealing with her addiction and imprisonment because of the drug. He added that she is drug-free now.

If elected Bush wants to enforce drug laws and stiffer criminal punishment for drug traffickers, while securing the American border to “stop the flow of illicit drugs”.

“I will secure the border to stop illegal drugs into the United States, given that most heroin enters the United States from Mexico,” he said.

Included in his proposals includes improving treatment for drug abuse and added programs for recovery programs and early drug prevention programs that work with children, parents, and local education.

“When I was governor of Florida, my wife Columba took a very active role in prevention efforts with children; treatment facilities are focusing on women with children and struggling children; and coordination of a resource network for local communities at the county level,” he said.

Bush said he was “surprised” by the epidemic of heroin in New England, and now it’s “all over the country”.

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