Rep. Antonio: Botched Executions Leave Justice Unserved
Oklahoma, Ohio executions call effectiveness of death penalty into question
 
 

State Rep. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) released the following statement today in response to Tuesday’s botched execution in Oklahoma:


“The unwavering determination to employ the death penalty in states like Oklahoma and Ohio has led to desperate, untested methods of execution that are clearly ineffective. These botched executions turn the attention away from the horrific crimes the convicts have committed and onto the failed executions. At what point do we admit that the death penalty is not an effective way to see justice served?”

 
 
 
  
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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.