First Lady Melania Trump on Tuesday toured a drug recovery center for infants in Huntington, West Virginia.
Lily’s Place works with addicted mothers’ newborns who are suffering from drug withdrawal. The nonprofit facility also offers treatment to parents.
The first lady said she’s passionate about helping children and fighting the opioid epidemic.
Today’s visit to @LilysPlaceWV was incredibly special. Let us all find ways to help children grow into happy, healthy adults.
While she was at Lily’s Place, Trump participated in a roundtable discussion with staff, as well as a graduate of the center’s program. After the discussion, Trump toured the facility and spoke with two families currently enrolled in the program.
“It is my hope that we can find ways to create more of the opportunities afforded by places like Lily’s Place, so that we can continue to help infants and children grow into happy, healthy adults,” the first lady said.
West Virginia has the nation’s highest rate of babies born dependent on drugs at 33.4 per 1,000 hospital births, according to the CDC. The national average is 5.8.
West Virginia also by far has the highest rates of death caused by drug overdose.