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Ed Markey demands apology from Kellyanne Conway for comment on addiction

06/03/2017 Worcester  Ma- Massachusetts U.S. Senator Ed Markey (cq) speaking at he  Massachusetts Democratic Convention. Globe StaffPhotograph Jonathan Wiggs Reporter:Topic
US Senator Ed Markey. –Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff/file

WASHINGTON — Senator Ed Markey issued a fiery statement Monday demanding an apology from White House adviser Kellyanne Conway, after she stated that people suffering from drug addiction need “a four-letter word called ‘will’ ’’ in an interview about health care’s role in stemming the ongoing opioid crisis.

Markey, in a statement, said Conway’s words are a “death sentence’’ for those suffering from opioid addiction. He said Conway also fails to recognize the consensus of the medical community, which often refers to opioid addiction as a disease — not a personality flaw.

The White House has not responded to a request to comment. Conway has not answered Markey’s demands or responded to other people who have critiqued her comments.

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