Petition demands apology over SNL heroin skit

Petition demands apology over SNL heroin skit

FOX19 - Fake TV commercials are a common staple on Saturday Night Live, but some viewers say a recent parody took its punchline too far.

The skit, for a pill called "Heroin a.m.," poked fun at the nationwide heroin epidemic. The fake product promised to keep heroin users productive while maintaining their habit.

Heroin addiction continues to be a problem in the Tri-State. Nationwide, the rate of heroin-related overdose deaths has nearly quadrupled over a 10-year period, according to the Center for Disease Control.

Watch the full skit below:

More than 8,000 people have signed a petition demanding SNL Executive Producer Lorne Michaels issue an apology for the bit.

"It should utter disrespect to those currently struggling daily with drug addiction and to those who have lost someone to heroin previously," the petition reads. "They need to be held accountable. Free speech does not give you the right to be cruel."

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