On a mission without her presidential husband, First Lady Melania Trump boarded the plane to Huntington, West Virginia on Tuesday. She didn’t go for any political reason. Instead she went there because she wanted to speak to the people about an issue that is really close to her heart. On the trip, she visited Lily’s Place, which is a medical facility that gives life-saving treatment to babies who are suffering from neonatal abstinence syndrome resulting from parental drug abuse, reported the IJR. Not only does the facility help the babies who had no choice but to come into the world via parents who were abusing drugs, the place helps parents battle their drug addictions and make steps forward in life.
This issue has touched Melania Trump’s heart and she wants to be able to help parents and their babies move past the devastating effects of drug addiction.
“I want to be here to support you and give a voice to Lily’s Place and also for the opioid epidemic,” the first lady said to the staff. “We need to open the conversation to children and young mothers how its dangerous to use drugs and get addicted to it.”
The opioid epidemic is destroying America.
According to the CDC drug overdoses have drastically increased in recent years. Their government website wrote:
“Drug overdose deaths and opioid-involved deaths continue to increase in the United States. The majority of drug overdose deaths (more than six out of ten) involve an opioid. Since 1999, the number of overdose deaths involving opioids (including prescription opioids and heroin) quadrupled.2 From 2000 to 2015 more than half a million people died from drug overdoses. 91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose.”
While at Lily’s Place in West Virginia, the first lady went in to see babies and their parents. She wanted to inspire them to find a path without drugs.
She shared her success story on social media after the visit.
“Today’s visit to @LilysPlaceWV was incredibly special. Let us all find ways to help children grow into happy, healthy adults,” Melania shared on her Twitter page.
Major drug retailers including CVS Health are working to reduce drug addiction and slow the opioid problem in the States.
“As America’s front door to health care with a presence in nearly 10,000 communities across the country, we see firsthand the impact of the alarming and rapidly growing epidemic of opioid addiction and misuse,” said Larry J. Merlo, President and CEO, CVS Health. “Today we are announcing an expansion of our enterprise initiatives to fight the opioid abuse epidemic that leverages CVS Pharmacy’s national presence with the capabilities of CVS Caremark, which manages medications for nearly 90 million plan members.”
Melania hopes to help be a positive force in curbing the opioid epidemic.
“It is my hope that we can find ways to create more of the opportunities afforded by places like Lily’s Place. So that we can continue to help infants and children grow into happy, healthy adults.”
What do you think about Melania’s mission to help?