The Leave (get Out) star has filmed a Why I Vote video, in which she details learning of her father's substance abuse issues when she was a teenager and explaining why she thinks it is important to throw her support behind politicians who work to establish resources and public health programmes for addicts.

"I vote because I want to see reform in the way that we deal with addiction in America," she says.

"I see (the opioid epidemic) destroying communities in New England," she continues. "I see it destroying families. I see the way it's broken my own family. I don't feel like (my father) had the resources or tools available to help himself. I don't want other families to be broken up and have their lives ruined."

The 25-year-old insists it is important to support programmes that are working to aid addicts instead of punishing them.

"Throwing an addict in jail is not doing anything to help the problem," she adds. "We're wasting our money. We're misusing our resources."

"It's important to elect politicians who will make a difference with drug abuse and addiction," she continues. "It's affecting all of us. As corny as it sounds, literally every vote counts."