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Melania Trump Calls Opioid Epidemic The ‘Worst Drug Crisis’ in American History

Taking on the opioid epidemic is a pillar of the First Lady's "Be Best" youth initiative, which was launched in May

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Melania Trump calls opioid epidemic 'worst drug crisis' in US.

US First Lady Melania Trump has called the opioid epidemic the “worst drug crisis” in American history, as she urged more public attention to it.

Speaking on Wednesday at the Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, Trump talked about the importance of understanding the severe and fatal effects of opioids and eliminating the stigma surrounding drug dependence, reports Xinhua news agency.

She said “opioid addiction is an illness that has truly taken hold of our country” while calling for more public discussion about the epidemic so that people can get help.

President Donald Trump’s administration has declared a “national health emergency” in the wake of the crisis.

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Melania Trump. VOA

According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 130 people in the US die each day due to overdosing on opioids.

In 2017, the overdoses accounted for more than 72,000 deaths, more than any previous year on record.

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In 2016, an estimated 40 per cent of opioid deaths involved a prescription drug.

Taking on the opioid epidemic is a pillar of the First Lady’s “Be Best” youth initiative, which was launched in May. (IANS)

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Melania Trump Visits Hospital’s ‘Cuddle’ Program for Babies Exposed to Opioids in Womb

The hospital developed the program to nurture babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome

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First lady Melania Trump, left, accompanied by U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar, walks with staff during a visit to Boston Medical Center, in Boston, Massachusetts, Nov. 6, 2019. VOA

Melania Trump is visiting a Boston hospital’s cuddling program that aims to help infants born dependent on drugs or alcohol.

The first lady’s stop Wednesday at Boston Medical Center is part of her “Be Best” initiative.

The hospital developed the program to nurture babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome. The hospital also works with expectant mothers who misuse drugs or alcohol.

Mrs. Trump told hospital administrators she hopes her visit will focus more attention on their work.

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The first lady’s stop Wednesday at Boston Medical Center is part of her “Be Best” initiative. Pixabay

She was joined by Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar.

Dozens of workers at the hospital gathered outside to protest the first lady’s visit.

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