Yost Says Any Opioid Lawsuit Award Should Go Back To Locals

Attorney General Dave Yost gestures at a news conference last week. KAREN KASLER

After taking heat for arguing the state should have a lead role in next month’s huge opioid trial in Cleveland, Ohio’s attorney general says he wants to be clear that he thinks any money won should be spent at the local level.

Last month, AG Dave Yost backed a bill that would have given his office control of more than a hundred lawsuits filed by local governments in that trial, saying individual cities and counties are litigating pieces of the state’s claims. He'd also asked a district court of appeals to delay the opioid lawsuit in federal court until Ohio's case is resolved.

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