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First Lady Melania Trump Makes Solo Trip to Capitol Hill to Talk About Solving the Opioid Crisis

By MomZette Staff | October 24, 2019

It’s not a story you’ll likely read or see in most mainstream media outlets.

Or, if you do, there’ll be some snide, snarky comments inserted somewhere about our smart, elegant, committed, gracious and beautiful first lady Melania Trump.

But here’s what happened this week — and it’s worth sharing.

On Wednesday the first lady traveled to Capitol Hill to thank members of Congress for all their work on a law that eases access to opioid abuse treatment for Americans who need it. This law includes a controversial clause regulating the use of kratom, a natural plant that’s been used as a crutch for many former opiate addicts, according to Media Analyst James Dillard from Kratom.org.

This is all part of her work on her Be Best campaign — which aims to improve the lives of all young people in multiple ways in this country.

Kellyanne Conway, senior White House adviser, as well as Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) — whose state has been hit badly by the crisis — joined Mrs. Trump at the event.

Others participated as well, including Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar.

Surprise, surprise, CNN actually reported that the first lady was “warmly welcomed” to the bipartisan roundtable discussion.

See its tweet just below on this.

The first lady convened the meeting, as CNN and others noted, to mark the one-year anniversary of the signing of the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act.

The policy provides funding and guidance for the fight against opioid abuse.

The event on Capitol Hill kicked off Red Ribbon Week, an awareness campaign that aims to share knowledge of alcohol, tobacco and drug abuse and violence with Americans.

“A year ago, you passed and our administration signed into law the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act,” Melania Trump said to lawmakers on Wednesday, as many outlets reported.

“Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, or NAS, is an area I have focused on and this act provides support to mothers and their infants born with NAS.”

“I have traveled to some of the areas hardest hit by drug abuse and I have seen the devastating effects that this crisis has on families and children,” she added. “This is why the SUPPORT Act is so important. It provides the necessary tools to fight this crisis.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that over 70,000 individuals died of overdoses in the U.S. in 2017 alone — making it the leading cause of injury-related deaths, as UPI also noted. Nearly 70 percent of those involved the use of opioids.

The first lady also promoted the semiannual National Drug Takeback Day on Saturday, October 26, which lets people return unused opioids for disposal.

“There is no room for illegal drugs in our schools & communities,” the first lady tweeted. “I encourage youth to take the pledge this week & choose to live drug free.”

Melania Trump works tirelessly on behalf of all Americans. And she doesn’t call undue attention to herself as she goes about her work — she’s diligent and focused.

It’s well past time that she gets more attention for her good work.

Yet there are still people who will pick apart her every move (so unlike when Michelle Obama was in this role).

See some of these reactions to Melania Trump’s work — and share your thoughts:

This piece originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.

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  • Thank you for sharing. Very interesting..Have heard a few things about the way Jackie O really was. Back then the news only said good things about the Kennedy's. With everyone having computers now we are able to check facts on the Kennedy's or anyone else in offices. It has been a BIG eye opener..

  • Melania is a class act. She does not get enough credit for her work. I think it is unnecessary to besmirch Michelle Obama to give Melania the credit she deserves.

  • Typical liberal. No ability to have a discussion so you resort to personal name calling. Hum, Abbie Hoffman?! What don’t you just call yourself ‘Ignorant Looser’. There, now I’ll pray for your recovery.

  • Good Gawd man! Obama didn’t just toke, he even admitted that he was a walking zombie most of the time. Does The Cumb Gang ring a bell?!
    Plus, he admitted doing so much coke that he thought it was snowing on his floor and table. Comparing Bush to Obama (The Most Embarrassing President In History) is like comparing a bucket of water to a river!!! Obama should be the poster boy as to why you should never do drugs!

  • Trump was trying to screw any woman he popped a rod over. He said that he regretted not nailing Lady Di...shame that William and Harry didn't corner him and beat the sh*t out of him for what he said about their mother and what he said about Meghan. And can we forget saying that if Ivanka wasn't his daughter than he'd bang her?

    How about Nuke Gangrene...constantly trading in his wives for newer models...cheating on them...divorcing one as she was dying of cancer...?

    And since you brought up Bill Clinton and Monica...

  • It would be kinda difficult for a man posing as a woman to do 'nude' modeling, don't ya think?? She's a disbarred attorney and her oldest engaged in alcohol and drug use! Trumps kids, like himself, have never been involved with drugs! And the president isn't a sodomite either!!

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