SNL: People ‘Outraged’ Over This Funny Fake Ad For ‘Heroin AM’
Opioids are so trendy right now. So popular in fact that a lot of people are dying from the drug. The epidemic has seen 18,893 overdose deaths related to prescription pain relievers, and 10,574 overdose deaths related to heroin in 2014. Deaths from heroin overdoses have nearly quadrupled between 2002 and 2013. That’s just the number of people dying from the drug, so the number of people using heroin is far, far more.
Saturday Night Live beautifully satirized the opioid epidemic with this biting fake commercial for “Heroin AM,” a product for busy people “who want to do heroin, but also get stuff done.” Heroin AM, the “only non-drowsy heroin on the market,” let’s Julia Louis-Dreyfus “get jacked on skag, and then get to work.” Heroin AM has a Dayquil-ish box and looks like most over-the-counter cold remedies.
It is also offered in a gummy bear form, that you melt down and inject (The kids love it!).
See the humor in the skit is that the hell dust is being peddled by middle-aged suburban white parents, which ironically is a large portion of those abusing H. A doctor prescribes a person an opiate painkiller, the person becomes addicted. They can’t get another prescription or realize that street heroin has nearly the same chemical composition and effects, yet cheaper. Then Mr. Smith, your mailman, becomes a heroin addict who can’t get chiva into his veins fast enough.
But alas, a lot of people did not see the irony in the skit and were totally “outraged.”
You are completely allowed to tackle a sensitive and heartbreaking subject through comedy.
You can read more about the heroin epidemic here. If you have a heroin addiction and need help you can call the National Heroin Hotline at 1-800-9-HEROIN.