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.