Trump has declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency and is spending billions of dollars to combat it. Opioid abuse claimed nearly 48,000 American lives in 2017. The first lady focuses on opioids in her national campaign to help children be their best.
The four-day drug abuse summit attracts a range of interested parties, including medical professionals, public health and elected officials, and others. White House counselor Kellyanne Conway addressed the gathering in 2018.