State Rep. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) Tuesday renewed the call for hearings on her legislation, House Bill 385, to replace the death penalty with life in prison without parole. 


On Monday, a federal judge extended the moratorium on Ohio’s executions until at least 2015 in response to a botched lethal injection in Arizona. The drugs used in the Arizona execution were the same cocktail Ohio has used and planned to use in future executions.


“I applaud the decision to continue Ohio’s death penalty moratorium after the latest lethal-injection protocol failed in Arizona,” said Rep. Antonio. “Now we have the opportunity to consider a more economically feasible and ethically prudent alternative—life in prison without parole. It’s time to continue hearings and vetting this bill.”


On January 16, an Ohio execution garnered international criticism when it lasted over 25 minutes, making it the longest execution in Ohio since capital punishment resumed 15 years ago. 

 
 
 
  
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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.