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First lady Melania Trump speaks about Harvey in the Oval Office of the White House, Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Melania Trump is hosting a discussion on the opioid crisis


First lady Melania Trump invited experts and people impacted by opioid addiction to the White House for a listening session and discussion on Thursday about solving the epidemic.

Trump's spokeswoman said that the first lady wants to work alongside President Trump's drug commission on youth and prevention initiatives, including the overall well-being of children.

"The opioid crisis is the deadliest epidemic in American history, and it is getting worse," Stephanie Grisham said in an email to The Associated Press before the event.

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"It affects children of all ages, even before they are born," she continued. "As a mother, and as first lady, she is anxious to use her platform to help."

President Trump said last month he will formally declare the opioid crisis a "national emergency," but he has yet to issue an official national declaration making that status a reality.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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