SNL sketch stirs up controversy over light-hearted take on drugs

The video received mostly positive reviews on Youtube

A parody commercial for Heroin AM (Saturday Night Live, via YouTube)

NEW YORK (WCMH) — A Saturday Night Live skit is catching some heat for its light-hearted approach at drug abuse.

In one of the earlier sketches from the April 16 show, host Julia Louis-Dreyfus joined the cast for a commercial parody. They were backing an over-the-counter heroin drug people could take in the morning to prevent drowsiness. Even the product’s packaging was similar to Vicks DayQuil.

“For people who want to do heroin, but also be productive, there’s Heroin AM,” the video’s description reads. You can view the sketch below.

While the video received mostly positive reviews on Youtube, Sheriff Dale Schmidt from the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office in southern Wisconsin did not see humor in the sketch.

“I am angered and frustrated that a national television network would allow SNL to use humor and diminish the importance of something that has been legitimately called an epidemic in our country,” Schmidt wrote on the department’s Facebook page.

The sheriff’s office sent a letter to NBC expressing his concern and asked NBC to take action to remedy the situation, according to the department’s Facebook page. They’re asking the network to apologize for the sketch and “help take a stand in fighting this deadly addiction.”

Several Twitter users also expressed their disappointment in the sketch.

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