Melania Trump hosts session on opioid crisis

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Melania Trump (all times local):

1:20 p.m.

Melania Trump is listening and learning about the nation’s opioid epidemic.

The first lady has invited experts and people affected by addiction to drugs, including opioids, to the White House for a round-table discussion on the issue.

Mrs. Trump says the well-being of children is important to her. She says she wants to help as many kids as possible with the issues they face growing up.

The discussion included several people from around the country who have been affected by the crisis, including a recovered addict.

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price; New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who chairs a presidential drug abuse commission, and White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway also participated.

The first lady says she wants to “listen and learn” from their stories.


6:03 a.m.

Melania Trump has invited experts and people affected by addiction to opioids to the White House for a listening session and discussion about the epidemic.

The first lady is hosting Thursday’s event in the State Dining Room and has invited journalists to attend a portion of the meeting to help raise awareness. She joined President Donald Trump at a briefing on the crisis during the president’s vacation last month at his New Jersey golf club.

Stephanie Grisham, a spokeswoman for Mrs. Trump, said the first lady met regularly during the presidential campaign with families who had been affected by drug abuse and addiction.

She said Mrs. Trump wants to work in tandem with the president’s drug commission on youth and prevention initiatives.

“The opioid crisis is the deadliest epidemic in American history, and it is getting worse,” Grisham said in an email. “It affects children of all ages, even before they are born. As a mother, and as first lady, she is anxious to use her platform to help.”

Grisham added that the first lady is focused on the overall well-being of children.

The president said last month that he will…

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