State Rep. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood, Ohio) today released the following statement regarding the tragic mass shooting in Orlando this weekend that left 50 dead and 53 wounded:  


“We stand in sorrow, sadness and solidarity concerning the loss and injury of friends and family in the horrific Orlando terror attack. We stand in certainty and solidarity against crimes of terrorism and crimes of hate. 


“As a member of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender community, I know – we know – that it is important to remember that we are all citizens of the United States. Though we do not today enjoy full equality and rights under the law, I believe we must not let fear send us into the shadows. We must not let fear silence us. 


“We must continue to work toward full citizenship for a more peaceful world for our children. We, as Americans, must stand together with resolve to support and protect the dignity and worth of all.”

 
 
 
  
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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.