HOOKSET, NH (KWES) - Speaking out about personal issues is something Ted Cruz has rarely done on the campaign trial.
On Thursday, an emotional Cruz spoke out about how drug addiction and overdose impacted his family, making him more relatable to his discussion audience.
"It's a journey every one of us understands. Every one of us has seen people we love, stumble and fall," said Cruz.
Ted Cruz shared his personal stories of living with a family member that had a drug addiction. While he grew up, his half-sister struggled with prescription drugs and then opiates until she passed away a few years ago of an overdose.
"Drug and alcohol addiction, is an epidemic in this country, it's destroying lives," said Cruz.
In 2014, over 47,000 people overdosed on drugs in the United States. In Texas alone, there were over 2,000, jumping up four percent from the year before.
According to Cruz, there's ultimately one way to prevent overdose deaths.
"If we want to turn around the drug crisis, we have got to finally and permanently secure the border," said Cruz.
Cruz hopes his plan to counter such a prevalent issue in New Hampshire will help him on Tuesday, when voters head to the polls.
Cruz says that by permanently securing the borders into the United States, he will end the opiate epidemic.