On Monday, first lady Melania Trump stopped in at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center to visit young children affected by the opioid crisis. Joined by Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway and others, Trump toured the facility to inspire kids who were born addicted to drugs.
The meeting was inspirational for many of the children who were there. The first lady brought them gifts of Valentines, including illustrations of the White House, as well as coloring books, according to the Daily Mail.
Before Trump played with the children, she was first briefed on the nature of the opioid crisis, those with neonatal abstinence syndrome, which describes a cluster of problems that occur in babies when they are exposed to opioids in the womb.
At one point during the tour, a young girl approached the first lady and asked to be held. Trump obliged.
“I am so grateful for your continued research on combating opioid abuse and for all you are doing for your patients,” said Trump after the visit, thanking the hospital.
Trump has tackled the issue of the opioid crisis before. Last September she hosted a roundtable discussion at the White House to discuss the issue; the next month, she traveled to a West Virginia treatment center.
According to the Department of Health and Human Services, in 2016, 116 Americans died every day from opioid-related causes, and 11.5 million people misused prescription opioids.
In addition, 42,249 people from overdosing on opioids, and 2.1 million people had an opioid use disorder. While 948,000 people used heroin in 2016, over 15,00 people overdosed on heroin. The statistic that is perhaps the most troubling is 170,000 people used heroin for the first time.
Health and Human Services estimates that the economic costs to combat the opioid crisis in 2016 alone lands at 504 billion dollars.
Please pray for a revival in our country, to help stave the opioid epidemic. In recent news, Doritos suggests that they’re making a new line of chips for women, but feminists are freaking out about it.