First Lady Melania Trump is headed to West Virginia on Monday to discuss the opioid epidemic with state and local leaders. She will be in Huntington along with Acting Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kevin McAleenan. They will be meeting with local law enforcement and political leaders to discuss the issue.
According to the First Lady’s office she will be meeting with smaller groups within the community and listen to what they have to say and learn about what treatment options have been offered to residents.
HAPPENING NOW: @flotus is wheels up & on her way to West Virginia to participate in mtgs w state & local leaders and learn more about community efforts to combat the opioid epidemic.
— Stephanie Grisham (@StephGrisham45) July 8, 2019
Taking on the opioid epidemic has been one of the key pillars of her “Be Best” initiative. She has already visited many community centers that are focused on addressing this issue.
During an October 2017 trip to West Virginia, First Lady Melania visited Lily’s Place, which is an infant recovery center that helps families who are dealing with addiction.
According to a report from the National Institute of Drug Abuse, West Virginia had the highest percentage of death per 100,000 people across the country that were involving opioids.
Additional resources have been freed up by President Trump to address the issue when he declared the opioid crisis a “public health emergency.” In 2017 opioids took the lives of over 50,000 Americans.