Addiction is a preventable and treatable illness, says President Obama.

Talking during a recent forum at the National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit in Atlanta this week, the commander-in-chief recounted his own experiences with drugs, and even mentioned an addiction he has struggled with throughout his life.

"I wasn't always as responsible as I am today. In many ways I was lucky, because for whatever reason addiction didn't get its claws on me … except cigarettes," he said, according to CNN.

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