State Rep. Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) today responded to President Donald Trump recently declaring the opioid epidemic a national emergency and promising to spend significant federal dollars to combat the public health crisis:  

“I am pleased to see leaders at the federal level acknowledge what Ohio Democrats have long said: that the opioid epidemic devastating our rural areas and urban centers alike is a public health emergency that will require a strong, unified response and emergency funding in order to save lives and prevent additional tragedy.

“I hope Gov. Kasich can set aside his personal feelings regarding President Trump to finally acknowledge this public health emergency and bring the full force of the state to bear on the growing epidemic.

“With thousands of men and women dying each year in our state from opioids, Ohio families cannot afford for Governor Kasich to wait any longer to declare a statewide emergency and bring additional emergency and permanent state funds to local efforts aimed at prevention, treatment and law enforcement. Too many lives are at stake.”

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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.