Melania Trump got very serious as she urged parents to talk with their children about the dangers of drugs during an anti-opioid abuse event in Las Vegas this week.
The first lady said she does the same with her 12-year-old son Barron. “I teach him, I try to explain how drugs are dangerous and how they will mess up your head, mess up your body, and nothing positive comes from it,” she said.
Never Too Early
Today’s children are armed with far more information than we were growing up. Today, preschool children are often more adept at operating a computer than their parents.
Because today’s children are more exposed, Melania Trump believes parents need to have meaningful discussions about drugs with their children far earlier than other generations.
When former Fox News host Eric Bolling, whose 19-year-old son died from an accidental overdose in 2017, put that question to the first lady, her answer stunned the audience.
“I think eight,” she said. “Nowadays, the children are so smart, and the life is so fast, and they have access to everything.”
“We need to teach them at very early age how bad drugs are,” she added.
Proud of the work that is being done all across our nation to fight the opioid crisis. Thank you to @EricBolling for inviting me to talk about this important issue. #BeBest will continue to promote programs that help address this crisis. pic.twitter.com/e7oKBqBj3m
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) March 6, 2019
Talk About It
Trump encouraged the audience members to talk to friends and family about the dangers of opioids.
“I have said this before — but it bears repeating: While you may never personally become addicted, the chances of you knowing someone who struggles with it are high,” she said.”If even one of you leaves here today and talks to a friend or family member about the potential to end this crisis, then we have succeeded.”
Melania Trump also had a challenge for the press: “In 2017, we lost at least 72,000 Americans to overdoses – that’s 197 lost American lives per day – more than 8 lost lives per hour. I challenge the press to devote as much time to the lives lost – and the potential lives that could be saved – by dedicating the same amount of coverage that you do to idle gossip or trivial stories,” she said.
Combatting opioid addiction has been a stated priority for the Trump White House. President Donald Trump declared it a national public health emergency in October 2017.