State Rep. and Assistant Minority Whip Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) will host a town hall meeting regarding the recently passed state budget and other legislative updates on Monday, August 24 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The meeting will take place at the Main Branch of the Lakewood Public Library in the multi-purpose room.                       


The non-profit, non-partisan policy research organizations Innovation Ohio and Policy Matters Ohio will be on hand to provide in-depth analysis of specific policy areas in the state budget.


Citizens are invited to come and learn about how the state budget will affect them and their families. 


This event is free and open to the public and news media. 

 

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Antonio Responds To Latest Ohio Opioid Crisis Report

 

The lead Democrat on the Ohio House’s Health Committee, Democratic Whip and state Rep. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood), today responded to the latest dire report on Ohio’s statewide opioid overdose and addiction emergency.

The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences released the report “Taking Measure of Ohio’s Opioid Crisis” Tuesday, highlighting the grim realities many in the state are experiencing, but also making a case for greater treatment access and expanded educational and economic opportunities for Ohioans.

“This report confirms that treatment is necessary to stem the tide of this opioid crisis, and clearly we do not have enough treatment options currently available,” said Antonio. “We can do better. We must do better. Taxpayers deserve better economic opportunities, a strong and affordable educational foundation, and greater access to healthcare services – all things that we know will prevent opioid addiction and abuse.”

The report points to low education levels and limited job opportunities as central underlying causes of opioid abuse.