Melania Trump Brings Awareness To Newborn Addiction Issues
Newborn addiction is probably one of the hardest terms to grasp in our field. Innocent babies who are brought into this world dependent on the drugs their mothers used while pregnant. It is an awful scenario, yet one so prominent that there are actually infant recovery facilities designed to ween little ones off their parent’s habit. To her credit, First Lady Melania Trump helped bring attention to that issue this week, speaking with the press at Lily’s Place.
Lily’s Place happens to be an infant recovery facility based in West Virginia. This particular location has been plagued with babies of opioid addicts; another prominent issue that has made its way to the White House. Speaking to reporters in a designated press room, Melania made a point to emphasize the dangers of this crisis.
“I want to be here to support you and give a voice to Lily’s Place and also for the opioid epidemic,” Trump said. “It’s very much a passion of mine to help children and educate them and also to educate the families and open conversations about opioid abuse.”
White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway was also at the event, praising the work of Lily’s Place and similar recovery clinics. She made a point to highlight addicted mothers, urging them to receive treatment both during and after pregnancy.
“I just hope we give a voice to more places like this and open them more around the country so we could have more families and more mothers and more children,” Conway explained. “We need to open the conversation and to teach children and young mothers how it’s dangerous it is to use drugs and get addicted to it.”
Not surprisingly, the topic of healthcare came up during the conversation (something the first lady’s husband has been taking criticism for). President Donald Trump has been accused of doing too little for the crisis and potentially worsening it, with his attempts to cut back coverage for those in need of recovery.
Mrs. Trump didn’t provide any specific answers to those call outs, but pledged to continue her mission of addiction education. And for the record, Melania has taken active steps to show her support for the cause. Last month, she held a similar event in Washington D.C., meeting with families impacted by the opioid crisis.
We are appreciative that people in the White House are at least acknowledging the opioid crisis and bringing it to the headlines of various news sites. But there is so much more that needs to be done, particularly when it comes to governmental recovery support. Let’s hope Mrs. Trump’s next event moves the needle even more.