U.S. first lady Melania Trump addressed with her “Be Best” initiative by encouraging at a youth leadership forum that “recovery is possible.”
At the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America’s Youth Initiative, Trump delivered a speech on the importance of leadership to combat drug addiction.
“You are our greatest agents of change,” Trump told students. “Through your voices, you have the power to influence, transform, and lead your communities from within.”
.@FLOTUS speaks about the lives she has seen impacted by drug misuse, and how organizations like @ONDCP and @CADCA are helping to make a difference by keeping our children and communities safe! #CADCAForum pic.twitter.com/n7ueaaAWvW
— CADCA (@CADCA) February 7, 2019
Mentioning one of her special guests to the State of the Union on Tuesday, Trump explained how Ashley Evans, who previously struggled with opioid and substance abuse, is “celebrating one year and one month in recovery, and next week she will be reunited with her daughter.”
“Recovery is possible,” she said.
“It is because of programs and organizations like Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America or Brigid’s Path that offer care, resources, and essential tools that can save lives and teach positive and life-saving ideas to those in need. These programs are so vital to our nation and within our communities.”
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First Lady Melania Trump speaks about substance abuse at the CADCA National Leadership Forum.
Posted by Fox News on Thursday, February 7, 2019
Following the event, Trump received a briefing about the opioid crisis by the Office of National Drug Control Policy.
In her second year as the first lady, Trump launched her “Be Best” initiative. Since then, she has visited several hospitals to met with newborns who suffer from neonatal abstinence syndrome and their families. Thursday’s event is the first for the first lady since the start of the new year in her efforts to share her part of her initiative on addressing opioid abuse.