First Lady Melania Trump headlines town hall for combating opioid addiction in America

    First lady Melania Trump speaks during a town hall meeting on opioid addiction at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

    WASHINGTON (SBG) - First Lady Melania Trump will headline an hourlong town hall discussion on combating the opioid addiction in America.

    The town hall will stream on all Sinclair Broadcast Group websites March 5, at 7p EST/ 4 p.m. PST. It will also air on Sinclair Broadcast Group stations during the weekend of March 9 and March 10 check your local listings for times.

    The first lady has worked to address the crisis as part of her "Be Best" initiative aimed at helping children confront major issues facing youth in America; while also encouraging positive social, emotional and physical habits. This her second town hall with Sinclair Broadcast Group since the series began.

    First lady Melania Trump smiles as she answers questions during a town hall on opioid addiction at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

    This event will be hosted in Las Vegas by world-renowned television personality, Eric Bolling. Bolling and his wife Adrienne lost their son to an accidental opioid overdose. Since then, Bolling has been on the front lines, battling the opioid crisis in America.

    Between 2016 and 2017 nearly 42,000 people died from overdoses according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service. The department later issued a public health emergency and five-point strategy to help combat the crisis. During that time the U.S. saw approximately 130 deaths every day from and opioid-related overdoses. However, HHS said that the number of people that struggle with an opioid use disorder is closer to 2.1 million people.

    In Nevada the state passed key legislation in the 2015 and 2017 legislative sessions to combat the crisis in their state. Nevada is one of only two states to meet all six key actions for ending the opioid crisis established by the National Safety Council, 2018, according to a Nevada Department of Health and Human Services report from 2018.

    Photo: Department of Health and Human Services

    However, in Nevada, the opioid-related overdose rate has been lower than the U.S. rate for the past four years, according to the report. The state has also seen a 22 percent decrease in opioid related deaths since 2011. The HHS department stated opioid related deaths in the state "were significantly greater for natural and semi-synthetic (i.e., hydrocodone)."

    This Town Hall continues Sinclair Broadcast Group's commitment to help local communities stop the growth of this epidemic. Sinclair's goal is to not only raise awareness but focus on finding solutions to this epidemic.

    Other guests include Singer Wayne Newton, Drug Enforcement Agency Acting Administrator Uttam Dhillon, Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr and wife Becki Falwell, and David and Jackie Siegel.

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