Dettelbach, of Cleveland, served during six years of the Obama administration as the U.S. Attorney for the northern district of Ohio.
Yost reported in January that his campaign committee has $1.1 million in cash on hand while Dettelbach reported a balance of $222,128.
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Dettelbach said he helped form a task force to address the opiate addiction crisis in northeast Ohio through enforcement, prevention and treatment. “I know first hand that we are not going to prosecute or arrest our way out of this problem.”
Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, who is running for governor, has suggested pharmaceutical companies be forced to clean up the opiate addiction mess.
“I don’t know the merits of the case or the individual arguments but any time when there is the kind of harm done to Ohio that has been done — we are leading the nation in per capita opioid deaths. That is not somewhere you want to be. So when you have that kind damage done to people, I think you got to look at every legal opportunity to protect people who have been harmed,” Dettelbach said of whether he would sue pharmaceutical companies on behalf of Ohio. “You got to look at a case where there is billions and billions of dollars in damage and thousands of people who are dead.”
The attorney general runs the largest public interest law firm in the state with more than 1,500 employees. The office prosecutes Medicaid fraud, runs crime labs, operates a police training academy, collects public debt and is the lawyer for state entities, including public pension systems and universities.