A columnist praises Cheri Walter, head of Ohio’s Association of County Behavioral Authorities and a recovering substance-abuser, for highlighting the failure of policymakers to address the roots causes of the opiate epidemic at this month’s Guggenheim Symposium.
An execution was called off in the state on Wednesday when medical personnel were unable to find suitable veins on the 69-year-old condemned man. A spokesman for the governor said the failed execution does not indicate a need for new protocols.
Prison officials called off the lethal-injection execution of Alva Campbell Jr., 69, after medical personnel spent 25 minutes trying to find a suitable vein in Campbell’s arms and right leg. The convicted killer’s execution was rescheduled for June 2019.
Ronald Phillips, 43, was put to death Wednesday morning in the first execution in Ohio in more than three years. He was 19 when he raped and beat to death the 3-year-old daughter of his girlfriend in Akron.
The state of Ohio spends more than $100 million a year for drugs used to treat opioid addiction, including 30,000 doses of Vivitrol in 2016 at a cost of $38 million. So far, there’s little scientific proof that the drugs work.
Americans suffer more than 80,000 nonfatal firearm injuries a year, but they get a small slice of federal victim-assistance funding. Ohio is joining California as the second state to address the invisible damage to a shooting victim’s emotional, financial and social life.