First Lady Melania Trump, Tuesday, visited the infant opioid recovery center in West Virginia and the reason will melt your heart. She paid a visit to Lily’s Place, the first facility in West Virginia for infants who were born addicted to opioids. She took to Twitter and described her visit as “incredible special“, adding that it is of great importance to help these children to grow up healthy.
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) October 10, 2017
The current opioid epidemic has plagued the entire US, but the Mountain State, West Virginia has been hit harder than the rest. According to a recent CDC report, West Virginia is the state with the highest overdose rate in the US. On a national scale, a baby is born addicted to drugs about once every 20 minutes, and despite the fact that data is from 2015, the epidemic has only gotten worse since then. It is a harsh reality that facilities such as Lily’s Place have to treat the youngest victims of the epidemic all over the country.
The opiate epidemic has struck people of all social statuses all around the country, and it’s something that needs to be talked about and dealt with. Good on the First Lady for drawing attention to something that isn’t something that people want to go out of their way to talk about.