First Lady Melania Trump addressed the importance of raising awareness of drug addiction and urged people to commit to a pledge to be drug-free.
With a focus on her “Be Best” initiative, – which, in part, looks to combat opioid abuse across the U.S. — Trump talked about how drugs can take “a toll on our most vulnerable” during Monday’s Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Red Ribbon Rally.
Trump spoke on “the importance of being drug-free” and shared the message of National Red Ribbon week, which is a drug prevention awareness campaign started after DEA agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena was killed in 1985.
“What started as a small hometown club that honored the life of Kiki has grown to a nationwide campaign for students to commit to living healthy and drug-free lives,” Trump said, directing her message toward Camarena’s wife, Mika.
Discussing her initiative, the first lady noted that it’s “dedicated to helping children and ensuring that we are doing all we can to take care of the next generation.”
Trump vowed, under the administration, to continue to fight the opioid crisis and continue “to be proactive in our efforts to eliminate drug use and addiction among our youth.”
“Illegal use of drugs destroys too many families in our country,” Trump said, adding, “Drugs are taking a toll on our most vulnerable.”
“I will continue to address addiction as long as it affects our children, our youth, and our schools. We need to continue encouraging teenagers and young adults that have fallen into drug addiction to be brave enough to admit it, to talk about it, and to get help.”
“I encourage young Americans everywhere to sign the pledge to be drug-free and continue to ‘Be Best,'” Trump concluded her remarks.
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As IJR previously reported, Trump spoke at Liberty University on November 28, 2018, where she encouraged students to be a change in the world with their decisions.
“We must commitment [sic] to removing the stigma of shame that comes with addiction and helping change public opinion, so that people find evidence-based treatment before it’s too late,” Trump told thousands of students, later adding, “Think of this as a human story, an opportunity to save lives.”