February 11, 2019
The First Lady cut a dashing figure at the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America's annual youth leadership forum in Maryland.
First Lady Melania Trump traveled to Maryland to participate in the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America’s annual youth leadership forum on February 7, 2019.
The First Lady's "Be Best" campaign is geared towards raising awareness and fighting such social problems as bullying and the growing epidemic of opioid abuse.
Looking elegant in a fitted denim shirt, Melania Trump addressed the Coalition and stated that recovery from addiction is possible, and a worthy aim to fight for.
In 2016, physicians throughout the United States wrote more than 289 million opioid prescriptions.
Melania introduced recovered addict Ashley Evans and told her story of addiction and eventual recovery in a treatment center in Ohio. After a year, Evens can now look forward to being reunited with her family.
THE SCOURGE OF OPIOID ADDICTION
The current opioid addiction crisis has its roots in the over-prescription of opioids in the 1990s.
Doctors started prescribing more and more painkillers, and opioid prescriptions tripled between 1991 and 2011. In 2016, physicians throughout the United States wrote more than 289 million opioid prescriptions.
Many of the opioid dependants started out by taking painkillers for post-operation pain and ended up addicted to opioids.
The famously elegant Melania opted for a more informal look for her trip to Maryland.
The First Lady wore a gold-stitched fitted denim shirt and slim grey trousers. The shirt is from pop-star and designer Victoria Beckham's collection and carries a price tag of $550.
The First Lady's recent sartorial choice for the SOTU has been widely criticized, and she came under fire for her accessory choices.
First Lady Melania Trump's stylist Hervé Pierre has come forward to dispel the rumors and speculation over her outfit.
According to Pierre, the First Lady's dress was selected for the SOTU in advance for the original January date. The SOTU was rescheduled for February 6 by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi due to the government shutdown, but Melania stuck to her original choice which Pierre described as "sharp" with no "fluff."
Melania wore a dark blue closely fitted coat-dress with silver buttons and two patch pockets in a distinctly military look by Burberry's, with a cost of $2,390.
In a related article, Nancy Pelosi applauded President Donald Trump at the SOTU address, and the Internet has gone wild over her gesture.