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Jeb Bush daughter is charged with prescription fraud

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Gov. Jeb Bush's daughter was charged with prescription fraud Tuesday after she was arrested at a pharmacy drive-through window while allegedly trying to buy the sedative Xanax.

Jeb Bush and his wife, Columba, issued a statement saying they were "deeply saddened" by the incident involving their only daughter, 24-year-old Noelle.

"This is a very serious problem," they said. "Unfortunately, substance abuse is an issue confronting many families across our nation."

Bush asked the public and the media to "respect our family's privacy during this difficult time so that we can help our daughter."

"We will have no further comment on this issue," Bush said.

A Walgreens pharmacist called police while Noelle Bush was waiting in her white Volkswagen in the drive-thru lane Tuesday, according to a Tallahassee Police report.

Monday night, a woman claiming to be a doctor called in a prescription for Xanax for Noelle Bush, police said. But a colleague of the doctor, Dr. Noel Scidmore, said he was no longer practicing in Tallahassee and the phoned-in prescription should be treated as fraudulent.