Melania Trump to visit drug treatment center for babies in West Virginia

Source: Washington Examiner

by Cailin Yilek | Oct 9,2017

First lady Melania Trump will make her first visit to a drug treatment center on Tuesday.

Trump plans to visit Lily’s Place, an infant recovery center in Huntington, W.Va., that treats babies who have been exposed to addictive substances while their mother was pregnant.

“To help babies born addicted truly succeed, we must help their parents succeed,” Trump’s spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham told CNN.

“The statistic that 40 percent of babies born addicted to drugs are put into foster care is one that Mrs. Trump would like to see lowered, and Lily’s Place was created with that in mind,” Grisham said. “They recognize that parents who are working hard to overcome addiction will encounter barriers and need support.”

Trump hosted a roundtable on the opioid crisis last month at the White House where she met with first responders, families, and treatment advocates to hear about their experiences.

“I’m here today to listen and learn from all of your stories and hope you will feel free to give me your thoughts and opinions on how best I can help,” Trump said.

Grisham said the first lady wants to help remove the stigma of drug use and recovery.

“People are ashamed or afraid to seek treatment. She believes people need to talk openly and teach our children the real dangers of drugs,” Grisham said.

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