Melania Trump reveals she has already warned son Barron, 12, about drugs: 'Nothing positive comes of it'
The town hall was hosted by Eric Bolling, a former Fox News star whose son died of an opioid overdose in 2017 at the age of 19 years
First Lady Melania Trump on Tuesday revealed one advice she gives to her 12-year-old Barron Trump about the dangers of drug usage, warning that they will mess up his head.
"I teach him, I try to explain how drugs are dangerous and how they will mess up your head, mess up your body and nothing positive comes of it," she said while addressing a town hall meeting on opioid crisis in Las Vegas.
During the discussion, host Eric Bolling, a former Fox News star who lost his son to an opioid overdose, asked the first lady at what age parents should warn their children about drugs.
Trump replied to Bolling's question with: "I think eight. Nowadays the children are so smart and life is so fast and they have access to everything. We need to teach them at very early age how bad drugs are," the Daily Mail reported.
Bolling's son, Eric Jr., was a student at the University of Colorado and died at the age of 19 in 2017 due to drug overdose. He had fentanyl and cocaine, which he reportedly got from a "street Xanax." Authorities later concluded that the teen's overdose was not intentional.
Reports state that the death cases from opioid overdose in the country have quadrupled in the last two decades and the first lady's signature Be Best campaign aims to combat the issue.
Trump, at the town hall, repeated her husband President Donald Trump's argument that drugs in the country are pouring in from the Southern border, and China. She, however, did not mention the president's controversial border wall in her statement.
"We need to make sure that no drugs are coming to our country. They are coming south through our border. They are also coming through China. They are very dangerous. We need to stop that," she said.
The first lady also took a dig at the media, challenging them to give "the same amount of coverage that you do to idle gossip or trivial stories."
"I'd also like to take a moment to challenge the media to cover this very real issue as often as possible," she said while addressing the audience at the International Theater at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino.
"In 2017, we lost at least 72,000 Americans to overdoses - that's 197 lost American lives per day - more than 8 lost lives per hour. I challenge the press to devote as much time to the lives lost - and the potential lives that could be saved - by dedicating the same amount of coverage that you do to idle gossip or trivial stories," she added.