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Congressman Evan Jenkins

Representing the 3rd District of West Virginia


May 7, 2018
Press Release
Part of First Lady Melania Trump’s “Be Best” campaign announced Monday

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) thanked First Lady Melania Trump for making neonatal abstinence syndrome and opioid abuse part of her “Be Best” policy initiative announced Monday.

“It was an honor to welcome First Lady Melania Trump to Huntington in October, and clearly her visit to Lily’s Place made a lasting impression. We welcome her support and advocacy for this critical issue, and her voice will be a valuable one as our nation addresses how to treat babies born exposed to opioids and other drugs. Every baby deserves a chance at a happy and healthy start to life, and I look forward to working with the first lady and President Trump to combat the opioid crisis,” Rep. Jenkins said.

“Lily’s Place puts a priority on the whole family so that infants born dependent on drugs are given the best opportunity to thrive. They have been successful in this endeavor because parents are also given the support and tools needed to recover and succeed. Lily’s Place is a testament to the extraordinary work that everyday people can do when they put their mind to it. I will use ‘Be Best’ to bring attention to this disorder to encourage conversation and education,” Melania Trump said in the Rose Garden Monday.

According to the White House, the Be Best initiative will support the families and children affected by this crisis, bring attention to neonatal abstinence syndrome, and help educate parents on the importance of healthy pregnancies. For more about the program, please click here.