Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Heroin epidemic isn't funny, even when it's on SNL

"Saturday Night Live" has created commercial parodies about everything: Chia Pets, Spanx for babies, an app for kids whose moms want to add them on Facebook. Many of the show's commercials make light of serious news of the moment. But with "Heroin A.M.," SNL struck a nerve.

The skit was a fake ad for a product to help people remain productive while using heroin, with boxes that look, uncoincidentially, just like the packaging for Vicks DayQuil.

In 2001, fewer than 2,000 Americans died of heroin overdoses. In 2014, there were nearly 12,000. In New York, where SNL is filmed, the number of heroin deaths increased to 478 in 2012 from 215 in 2008.

"'Heroin A.M.' combines heroin with five milligrams of caffeine and a small pile of cocaine," says Kate McKinnon, playing a mother who just sent her kids to school. …

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