Melania Trump commits to fighting opioid crisis

Melania Trump commits to fighting opioid crisis
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First lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpWhite House on Greta Thunberg: Trump, first lady communicate differently The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by UANI — Judiciary Democrats approve articles of impeachment setting up House vote next week Michelle Obama encourages Greta Thunberg after Trump attack: 'Ignore the doubters' MORE made a rare public appearance Thursday to express her commitment to fighting the opioid crisis.

"I have learned so much from those and I know there are many more stories to tell," Trump said at a White House event declaring the opioid crisis a public health emergency.

"What I found to be the common theme with all of these stories is this can happen to any of us. Drug addiction can take your friends, neighbors and your family," she said.


Trump has taken an interest in the opioid crisis in recent months, holding several events with advocates and those impacted by addiction.

Earlier this month, she visited Lily's Place in West Virginia, a nonprofit recovery center that helps infants suffering from prenatal drug exposure.

"As many of you know, addiction effects children many different ways, and I have recently taken a larger interest in what I can do to help this epidemic," Trump said.

Her husband on Thursday declared the crisis a public health emergency.

It's a move that won't free up much additional federal funding but will allow Acting Health and Human Services Secretary Eric Hargan to loosen certain regulations that he otherwise would not be able to.