Dave Yost Should Be Ashamed of Himself
February 18, 2022
For Immediate Release:
Friday, February 18, 2022
Columbus, OH — This week, Dave Yost set a new low for himself after equating overdose deaths to critical pandemic relief. Yost’s claims are not only factually inaccurate – as proven by his own research – they’re a pathetic effort to distract from Yost’s inability to do his own job and meaningfully address the addiction epidemic that continues to grip our state.
Since Yost took office in 2019, drug overdose deaths have been on the rise, and instead of taking real action to save lives, Yost is inflicting more pain on families who have lost loved ones to addiction by implicating that critical pandemic relief is to blame. Rather than trying to score cheap political points, it’s past time for Dave Yost to do his own job and release a plan for how he plans to get Ohioans the help they need amid the growing addiction epidemic.
“Dave Yost should be ashamed of equating critical pandemic relief aid to the number of opioid overdose deaths. The comparison is not only inaccurate, but a slap in the face to every family who lost a loved one to addiction. Dave Yost needs to apologize and then release a plan for how he plans to do his job and meaningfully address the addiction crisis that continues to grip our state,” said Matt Keyes, spokesperson for the Ohio Democratic Party.